Kuwait awards $141mn contracts to upgrade two power plants

Kuwait awards $141mn contracts to upgrade two power plants
STADLAND GERMANY MARCH 21 Electricity pylons stand in a row leading to the Unterweser nuclear power plant on March 21 2011 near Stadland Germany The Unterweser plant is among seven nuclear power reactors built before 1980 that the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has chosen to shut down for three months for a heightened safety and security review following the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan Merkel is fending off criticism for the move which represents a radical reversal of her governments previous policy citing new circumstances due to the Fukushima meltdown Nuclear power has long been a highly charged controversial topic in Germany and opponents are seizing on the new political climate to push for a rapid abandonment of nuclear energy Photo by Sean GallupGetty Images
Published: 12 April 2018 - 6:20 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water signed two contracts, worth $141m (KWD47m), to upgrade its power plants.

The fuel reception and control systems of the Doha West and the Sabiya power plants will be upgraded through the contracts.

Bakheet Al-Rashidi, Kuwait's Minister of Electricity and Water, signed both agreements.

The first agreement, worth $123m (KWD41m), entails renovation work on the Doha West power station's fuel reception systems.

Spanning 30 months, the project also includes the replacement of dilapidated fuel pipelines, and the establishment of early detection systems to prevent gas and hydronic radiant leaks that may damage the pipelines.

Meanwhile, the second contract is worth $18m (KWD6m), and includes the overhaul of the Sabiya power plant's fuel has conditioning (FGS) system in 36 months.

Al-Rashidi said that a $384.7m (KWD116.7m) sea-water desalination plant under way at the Doha West power plant, is 76% complete.

The plant is being built to use reverse osmosis (RO) technology, according to Al-Rashidi, who is also Kuwait's Minister of Oil.

Project completion is set for no later than 29 November, the minister revealed, adding that the facility would produce 60 million gallons of water per day.

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