RFQs issued for 1,100MW solar IPP in Kuwait

The project will take shape 100km from the country’s capital

Requests for qualification (RFQ) have been issued to developers/developer consortia for the Al Dibdibah Power and Al Shagaya Renewable Energy (Phase III) Zone 1 Solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP) by the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP). KAPP is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy (MEWRE) on the project.

The winning consortium will be responsible for the development, financing, design, procurement, engineering, construction, testing, commissioning, operation, maintenance as well as transfer of the key Al Dibdibah Power and Al Shagaya Renewable Energy project, says KAPP.

According to a report, the Al Dibdibah Power and Al Shagaya plant will take shape within the administrative boundary of the Jahra Governorate in the west of Kuwait City, approximately 100km from the capital. On completion, it will boast a net power capacity of 1,100MW.

KAPP said the project will export the output from the plant to Kuwait’s electricity grid and transmission network. It will benefit from power purchase agreement (PPA) with MEWRE as the off taker for a 30-year term. As the main body responsible for implementation of the public-private-partnership projects, KAPP aims to utilise private sector skills and expertise to maximize value for money and service quality, the report noted.

Both KAPP and the MEWRE were supported on the project by Ernst & Young as lead and financial advisor, DLA Piper as legal advisor and DNV as technical and environmental advisor.

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