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Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems targets New Kuwait 2035

Japanese company says to support Kuwait's goals to diversify and adopt natural gas instead of oil to generate power

Japan's MHPS will support fuel diversification in Kuwait.
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Japan's MHPS will support fuel diversification in Kuwait.

In line with the goals of the New Kuwait 2035 economic diversification mandate that aims to diversify the Arab country's economy away from oil revenues, Japan-headquartered Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) was invited to conduct an advanced technology seminar in Kuwait, highlighting the use of gas turbine combined cycle power generation systems.

MHPS’s gas turbines systems are claimed to provide low-cost energy with reduced emissions. According to a statement by MHPS, the company – formed in February 2014 following the merger of the thermal power generation divisions of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi – is deploying new technologies in Kuwait to encourage the use of natural gas.

Speaking at the event, Mohammad Boshehri, undersecretary at the Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water (Mew), said: “We want to develop an energy landscape that shows the world power beyond carbon – clean power built to last.

“We are ambitious here in Kuwait, and we want to lead the region, and the world, in creating the most advanced, reliable, diversified, and sustainable energy sector on the planet,” the Mew official added.

According to Akimasa Muyama, senior executive vice president at MHPS, Kuwait’s electric power sector is currently in the midst of transformation, and replacing oil-fired plants with natural gas or renewable energy will further help the country meet its goals of eliminating carbon emissions.

In April 2019, MHPS was picked alongside Egypt Stock Exchange-listed Elsewedy Electric to deliver engineering, procurement, and construction works worth $550m for Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority.

Jointly, the Japanese and Egyptian companies will build a 1,026-megawatt (MW) gas turbine combined cycle power plant in Sharjah's Al Layyah area.

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