Kuwaiti power plant targets 2,000MW of electricity
1300MW to be added to grid in 2011, remainder scheduled for 2012
Kuwait’s 2,000MW Sabiyya electric power plant is set to be the biggest project in Kuwait, the Gulf state’s Minister of Electricity and Water said to visiting media at the multi-million dollar project.
The $2.76bn plant will have six gas turbines that will produce approximately 1,350MW of power, Salem Metheeb Al Uthayna said on Monday. He added that the plant would work on both gas and gas oil.
The plant’s gas units were operated and connected to the network last June, the minister said. Further additions to the network would be installed and connected in June 2012.
The contract for the design, construction, operation and service of the plant was signed in September 2009 between General Electric of the US and Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industry, with the US company leading the project.
At the time of signing the contract, GE also agreed to provide a dedicated workforce to run the power station and provide training to Ministry of Electricity and Water employees to ensure that the plan is run smoothly and efficiently.
The plant is scheduled to come online in two phases, with the first phase adding 1,300MW of capacity to the Kuwaiti electricity grid in 2011.
The second phase will add the remaining 700MW in 2012.
Much like the rest of the Middle East, Kuwait’s business and residential growth has strained the country’s power generation capability. This has resulted in power outages during the peak demand summer months.