Kuwaiti MP slams Al Zour North bidding process, says national daily

Kuwaiti opposition MP Ahmed Al-Saadoun has denounced the process of picking bidders for one of the country’s biggest power projects as illegal and a ‘huge scandal’, reports daily newspaper Al-Qabas.

The Partnerships Technical Bureau, which supervises the government’s public-private partnership programme, said on 5 February that it has three valid bids to build the Al-Zour North power plant and will choose the winner within two weeks, according to Bloomberg.

But Al-Saadoun describes the process adopted as a “huge scandal that must be stopped by the cabinet immediately for breaching legal procedures,” according to the newspaper.

Five bid for the gas fired independent water and power project were submiited in September 2011. The project will have a capacity of 1500 MW of power and 102-107 million gallons a day (g/d) of desalinated water. The winning bidder will construct the project on a design, finance, build, operate and maintain basis.

The project aims for at least 200 MW by 31 December 2013, at least 400 MW by 15 February 2014 and at least 600 MW by 31 March 2014. Commercial operation is due by 31 May 2015.

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