The Az-Zour North gas-fired combined cycle power and water plant is located at Az-Zour, approximately 100km south of Kuwait City. The power plant is being built as part of the Az-Zour North Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP). The construction of the power plant along with a desalination plant forms the first phase of the Series of Independent Water & Power Project.
The new integrated power and desalination plant are scheduled to be completed and commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2016.The consortium will construct a gas-fired combined cycle power plant of 1,500 MW and an associated water desalination plant with a capacity of 107 MIGD (486 thousand m³/day).
The project is being implemented to meet Kuwait’s plan to double its generation capacity by 2017, in a larger effort to meet an anticipated peak demand of 25GW by 2025. The power generated from Az-Zour North will be equivalent to 10% of Kuwait’s installed power generation capacity and around 20% of its installed desalination capacity.
Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) will purchase the entire output of the plant under a 40-year long-term Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement (ECWPA). GDF SUEZ and Sumitomo will undertake the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the plant on 50:50 basis.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the power plant is Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), while the EPC contractor for the desalination plant is Sidem, a subsidiary of Veolia.