Kuwaiti parliament orders investigation of power plant deal

Kuwait’s parliamentary legal committee has been asked to investigate alleged irregularities in the awarding of a contract for the Al Zour North power plant project.

Twenty-one MPs out of 36 present approved a proposal to ask the parliament’s legal committee to investigate this and other irregularities affecting the country’s aviation sector.

Al Zour North power plant
A consortium comprising Japan’s Sumitomo, France’s GDF Suez and Kuwait‘s Abdullah Hamad Al-Sagar and Brothers won the contract to build the 1.5 GW combined cycle gas-fired power and desalination facility.

Kuwait’s parliament launched a similar probe last February, but the legislature was dismissed by the constitutional court before the investigation was concluded and fresh elections were held.

The winning consortium signed the final contract with the government in December and construction work has begun, with a view to the facility being completed next year.

The consortium awarded South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries the contract to construct the power plant and tasked French firm Sidem with building the desalination facility.

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