Kuwait issues RFP for 2.7 GW Az-Zour North 2 & 3 IWPP

1 April 2024

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy of the State of Kuwait (MEWRE), announced the issuance of Request for Proposals (RFP) to the qualified bidders of Az-Zour North Phase 2 & 3 IWPP.

KAPP, earlier annoucned that following are the Shortlisted Bidders: 

  • Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TQAQ), A.H Al Sagar & Brothers Co and JERA Co.
  • ACWA Power Company, Gulf Investment Corportation
  • China Power International Holding Limited, Malakoff International Limited, Abdul aziz Al Ajlan Sons Co,
  • Nebras Power
  • Sumitomo Corporation

The Project includes the financing, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and transfer of the Az-Zour North IWPP project Phase 2 & 3, a power and water desalination plant with a minimum capacity of 2,700 MW of power and no less than 120 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water. The Project shall run on a combination of liquified natural gas and high-pressure natural gas with gas oil as backup fuel.

The Project is located at the Az-Zour North site adjacent to the western border of the Az-Zour North IWPP (Phase 1) which is currently in operation on the northern border of the existing Az-Zour South power complex, approximately 100 kilometers south of Kuwait City on the Arabian Gulf coast.

The Winning Bidder shall sign the PPP agreements with the related parties, which would extend up to 27 years and 8 months (Investment Period). The Project company shall sign the Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement (“ECWPA”) with MEWRE to export its production of electricity and water to the MEWRE grid for 25 years from the plant Commercial Operation Date.