Construction delays risk Kuwait power cuts in 2013

Power plant construction delays put Kuwait's national grid at risk

Kuwait faces power shortages in 2013 if its power plants aren't built in time.
Kuwait faces power shortages in 2013 if its power plants aren't built in time.

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Kuwait is bracing itself for a major shortfall in power in 2013 as a delay to the start of on the North Zoor Power Plant has dogged the project.

According to a report carried by local newspaper the Kuwait Times, official sources within the Ministry of Electricity and Water say the project will not be completed on time, leaving an 850MW shortfall in power required.

Sources told the newspaper, “troubles are bound to happen on the parliamentary scene" because the project was requested by MPs to be executed via an established shareholding company without conducting studies regarding the project's phases.

Sources said that even if procedures were carried out immediately, the first phase of the project would not start until the end of 2011. Construction will take two years to complete, meaning the plant would not go in to service until 2014.

The ministry has plans to avoid imminent power shortages, but sources say the measures will not be enough to eliminate the risk of outages altogether.

Last year, during the peak of summer, the country came close to oushing its limits when power consumption peaked at 10,823 MW, dangerously close to the maximum capacity of 11,200 MW. In previous years, power outages have forced oil refineries to shut down, and residents to suffer through the summer heat without air-conditioning.

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