The Independent Water and Power Project is expected to be developed over five phases at the Az-Zour site. The overall project will have a total capacity to generate 4,800MW of electricity and approximately 280million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water.
The demand for electricity in Kuwait is expected to increase rapidly at a rate of about 7.6 per cent per annum until 2020 against the backdrop of fast economic growth. Under these circumstances, the country laid down the policy of promoting infrastructure development, including for power, by introducing the vitality of the private sector. This Project will be implemented under such policy of the country, and there are high expectations for it as the country’s first public private partnership (PPP) power and seawater desalination project.
The power plant will be constructed on a greenfield site, owned by the State of Kuwait, adjoining the existing Az-Zour South conventional thermal power plant. The Az-Zour South plant is expected to be upgraded to a combined-cycle power plant by 2014.