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Kuwait sets advisory bid deadline for major IWPP projects

The Al-Zour North 2&3 IWPP is planned to have a power generation capacity of 2,700MW and a water desalination capacity of up to 165 million imperial gallons a day ‘MIGD’, with the Al-Khiran 1 IWPP to produce up to 1,800MW of power and have a water production capacity of 125MIGD
The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects ‘KAPP’ has set a deadline of 25 June for advisory bids for the planned Al-Zour North phase 2&3 independent water and power producer (IWPP) and Al-Khiran IWPP projects. KAPP had announced the latest advisory tender for the projects in March, but the process was postponed due to restrictions of movement and gatherings implemented to limit the impact of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
Kuwait’s IWPP programm has suffered a number of setbacks since it awarded the contracts for the country’s first IWPP in 2013. In August 2017, KAPP cancelled the tender for the second planned IWPP at Al-Zour had been cancelled, 14 months after developers had submitted proposals. Following the announcement that it had cancelled the tender for the Al-Zour North 2 IWPP, KAPP revealed it would be integrating plans for the previously planned Al-Zour North 2 and Al-Zour North 3 IWPPS into one project. In July 2018, KAPP restarted the procurement process for its next planned IWPP projects, inviting developers to submit expression of interest (EOI) for both the Al-Zour North 2&3 and Al-Khiran 1 IWPP schemes.
In December 2018, the client invited consultants to submit proposals for the advisory roles on the Al-Zour North project. KAPP received proposals from three consortiums for the advisory roles on the planned project in April 2019. However, in October 2019 the advisory tender was cancelled. The PPP agreement was signed on 23 January between Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works and Umm al-Hayman Company for Wastewater Treatment, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to develop and operate and maintain the wastewater plant. A consortium of six banks led by Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) and Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) has signed a $650m 26-year loan to finance the construction and operation of the Umm al-Hayman wastewater plant.
The 500,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) plant is being developed by a consortium led by Germany’s Wassertechnik and the local Kuwait International Financial Advisors. The project will be developed so it can be expanded up to 700,000 cm/d in the future.

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