Contract for Kuwait's $1.2bn Al-Dibdibah solar PV plant in Sept'19

According to Thomson Reuters, SNC-Lavalin, Shanghai Electric, and CCC are among the 18 bidders vying for the contract

KNPC is developing the solar project.
KNPC is developing the solar project.

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) reportedly plans to award a contract for its 1.5GW Al-Dibdibah solar photovoltaic (PV) power project in Al-Shagaya by September 2019, with 18 contractors, including SNC-Lavalin, Acwa Power, Metallurgical Corporation of China, and Masdar in the running to work on the project. 

According to Thomson Reuters, the project is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2021, and KNPC is investing $1.2bn (KWD365.1m) in its development.

The report added that Australian engineering firm Worley – formerly known as Worley Parsons – would be project management consultant for the solar development.

Shanghai Electric Group, Consolidated Contractors Co, China Communications Construction Co, Al Ghanim International Corp, Al Mulla Group Holding Co, First Solar, Datang International Power Generation, Jinko Solar, GE, TSK Electronica y Electricidad, Norinco, China Machinery Engineering Corp, China National Machinery Import and Export Corp, and Gopco Al Khalij for General Trading and Contracting are also bidding on the project, the report added. 

The project is being implemented on a design-build-operate-maintain basis, the report continued, adding that the scheme was part of Kuwait’s target of meeting 15% of its total power requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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