Kuwait, which is aiming to generate 15% of its electricity from sustainable sources by 2030, has begun accepting bid proposals for the first phase of a 2 GW renewable-energy park, according to Bloomberg news.
Kuwait, one of the biggest oil-producing members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is looking to save its crude for export and eager to invest in clean energy generation.
Located 100 kilometers west of Kuwait City, the government-funded Shagaya energy park will be the Arab countrys first renewable power facility. The first phase of the project, expected to be completed in 2016, will produce 1% of Kuwaits total energy output and include a solar-thermal plant, a PV facility and wind farms. The entire 2 GW project, due to be completed by 2030, will save the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil annually.
According to the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, only prequalified groups will be eligible to bid for the initial 70 MW of projects. Currently, eight groups are bidding for the solar-thermal plant, 13 for the PV project and 16 for the wind farms. Kuwaiti officials have declined to announce cost estimates for the project or to identify the bidders.
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