Kuwait Issues Tender for $1.2 Billion Solar Project in Al-Dibdibah

Published August 15th, 2017 - 08:20 GMT
The project is expected to produce half of the country’s planned renewable energy output. (File photo)
The project is expected to produce half of the country’s planned renewable energy output. (File photo)

Kuwait will issue a tender for the $1.2 billion Dibdibah solar power project in the first quarter of next year, according to reports.

Companies have been given a September 7 deadline to express interest.

Kuwait Petroleum’s deputy CEO of Planning and Finance Shukri AbdulAziz Al-Mahrous said the 1GW project would produce half of the country’s planned renewable energy output as it moves ahead with plans to cover 15 percent of its power needs with clean energy by 2030.

The project comes in part to save crude oil for export from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fifth largest producer.

“By freeing up the resources, the crude and fuel oil, you can process them and have a highly valued product,” Al-Mahrous was quoted as saying. “Everything you don’t use has value for the country.”

The 32 sqkm Dibdibah plant, in the country’s northwest, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020. 

The new project is estimated to save the country 5.2 million barrels of oil a year upon completion and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 million tonnes annually.

Data from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water shows that the country consumes up to 14GW of electricity a day during the summer months, out of a capacity of 17GW.

 

 


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