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Published on September 26th, 2013 | by James Ayre


280 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant Being Built In Kuwait — Contract Signed For $3.27 Billion Dollar Project In Al-Abdaliya

September 26th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Solar Love.

Kuwait will soon be home to a rather large, 280 MW solar thermal power plant — located in Al-Abdaliya, just southwest of the farming region of Kabad. The solar power plant will be Kuwait’s first. Current projections are that the project will end up costing somewhere around KD 926.25 million, or $3.27 billion — therefore representing quite a substantial investment into the country’s energy infrastructure.

The contract for the concentrating solar power (CSP) plant — which will rely on and utilize a parabolic trough — was just recently signed, with project details being finalized only in the past couple of weeks.

Image Credit: Kuwait via Flickr CC

Image Credit: Kuwait via Flickr CC

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According to a report from the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Ministry of Finance’s Technical Office for Examining Development Projects and Initiatives signed a contract with HSBC, which offered consultancy for the Al-Abdaliya project.

The CSP plant is the first solar power facility in the fossil fuel-rich nation. The Technical Office for Examining Development Projects and Initiatives also announced that it would float the venture for public tender under the country’s public private partnership programme (PPP).

This project represents the first time in Kuwaiti history that a private company has been involved in the state’s development strategy. Kuwait is currently aiming to get at least 15% of its energy needs met via renewable energy sources by the year 2030 — with the country’s aim being to eventually move away from its dependency on oil. Not a surprising goal, nor one unique for the region — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and the UAE have all made their renewable energy goals publicly known. Saudi Arabia is currently aiming to generate 1/3 of its electricity via solar energy by the year 2032.

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  • mds

    “50 MW CSP plant has an estimated cost of $250 million (including the power block)” is $5/W, not good. $3.27 Billion for 280 MW is $11.68, as Matt says, and it’s way too high, almost as bad as burning oil for electricity. Story is wrong or this is way too costly. It would be nice to know which it is.

    Matt “300MW PV plant in Utal for $600M ($3/W)” Nope that’s ($2/W)

    • Sully


      I might be two years late but our “Parliament” likes to rob the country.

  • Matt

    So three stories up is a 300MW PV plant in Utal for $600M ($3/W) why is this plant over $11.68/W, someone is getting a big kick back.

  • cspworld

    The plant is actually an ISCC (Integrated Solar Combined Cycle) plant where the solar field will provide about 60 MW, but the main driver is natural gas. It will be similar to Nextera’s Martin Next Generation plant in Florida.
    By the way, the $3.27 billion reported cost is wrong. As far as I know, the expected cost will be $262 million. (1 KD = 0,283 USD)

    • Matt

      Looking at today’s conversion (1 USD = 0.283212 KWD, 1 KWD = 3.53092 USD) which then give the big price in the story. I guess that 220MW of gas plant cost a lot. Post at solar love give no links either.

      • cspworld

        This info was released by KUNA, the Kuwaiti press agency. At first I did a wrong conversion from USD to KWD, but then I realized that the conversion in the story was right. Anyhow, the cost reported by KUNA must be wrong, or maybe it’s the cost of a larger project -some kind of a solar park- and this plant is just part of it.

  • MorinMoss

    Why so expensive? That’s twice the per-watt cost of the Ivanpah project in California’s Mojave that’s just coming online.

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