Construction Week reported that Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water has signed a USD 2.65 billion contract with GE Energy to meet the growing power demand in Kuwait
GE Energy and Hyundai Heavy Industries will develop a 2000 MW power plant in Sabiya. The plant is set to raise Kuwait’s power capacity from current levels to around 11,000 MW.
Dr Bader Shabeeb minister of Electricity and Water of Kuwait said that “This will be the largest combined cycle power plant in Kuwait and it is an important step in our plans to boost power capacity to meet continuing demand which is projected to grow at about 8% per year.”
He said that “A reliable supply of electricity is critical to avoid future power shortages and to support the continued economic and social development of Kuwait. GE’s technological capability and strong local service support will help meet the need for responsible, efficient energy in Kuwait.”
Kuwait’s business and residential growth has strained the country’s power generation capability, resulting in power outages during the hot summer months.
GE also dedicate a workforce to run the power station and provide training for the Ministry of Electricity and Water employees to support growth plans and assure efficient power plant operation.
Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea will be in charge of engineering, procurement and construction for the Sabiya plant located in the northern part of the State of Kuwait.
Mr Joseph Anis president of GE Energy Middle East said that “The reliable delivery of power and long term performance of the gas turbines is key to this landmark project which will help Kuwait meet the country’s rapidly growing demand for electricity.”