The second phase of construction on Kuwait’s largest power plant has been completed as the country hits its peak demand.

The hot summer months mean a surge in electricity demand so work at state-owned Sabiya combined-cycle plant has been finished just in time.

In June, the first phase of commissioning – involving six GE 9FA gas turbines operating in simple-cycle mode – brought on line 1400 MW and this week that capacity was taken to more than 2000 MW when the plant shifted to combined cycle mode.

Sabiya was built in co-operation with Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea.

Kuwait’s power demand is growing at approximately 7-10 per cent per year and if this rate continues it estimates it will reach national peak load demand of 25 000 MW by 2025.