Kuwait will close a request for qualifications to bid for a solar-plant project in Abdaleyah, in the west of the country, on Oct. 7, the director of studies and research at the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water said.
Toyota Tsusho Corp. (8015) conducted a feasibility study for the 280-megawatt power station, of which 60 megawatts will be solar power, Suhaila Marafi said at a conference in Dubai today. A tender to build the facility will be issued in April, she said.
The country also plans a 70-megawatt solar and wind plant. The project will be a joint venture between the ministry and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and will be tendered next year as well, Marafi said.
In addition, solar panels have been placed on top of the ministry that will generate 1 megawatt of electricity soon, she said. Kuwait aims to generate 10 percent of its electricity from sustainable sources by 2020, Eyad Ali al-Falah, assistant undersecretary for technical services at the ministry, said last year. The country’s total power-generation capacity is 11,300 megawatts, according to a 2011 analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.
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