KAPP is spearheading solar projects in Kuwait.

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has – in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy (MEWRE) of Kuwait – issued requests for qualification (RFQs) to the developers/developer consortia for the Al Dibdibah Power and Al Shagaya Renewable Energy (Phase III) Zone 1 Solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP).

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

According to KAPP, 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. 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 offtaker 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 maximise value for money and service quality.

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