The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has announced that consortiums of regional utility sector giants including Saudi-based Acwa Power and Abu Dhabi energy company Taqa have been shortlisted for its major independent water and power projects (IWPPs) – Az-Zour North Phase II and III and Al Khairan Phase I – along with three others global players.

These projects are being implemented by KAPP in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity and Water and Renewable Energy of Kuwait (MEWRE).

Those shortlisted for the projects are:

•   Taqa with consortium partners – AH Al Sagar & Brothers and Jera Company;

•   Acwa Power Company with Kuwait-based Gulf Investment Corportation;

•   China Power International Holding with Malaysia-based Malakoff International and Saudi group Abdul Aziz Al Ajlan Sons and Company;

•   Nebras Power, a Qatar-based power development company; and

•   Sumitomo, a Japanese diversified company.

Az-Zour North IWPP will have a net capacity of at 2,700 MW of power and 120 million imperial gallon per day (MIGD) of desalinated water; Al Khairan IWPP will have a net capacity of at least 1,800 MW of power and 33 MIGD of water.