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Kuwait plans to spend $27bn for water, power by 2014

Kuwait needs to double electricity capacity by 2020; power a bigger concern than water, official says

Kuwait plans to spend $27bn for water, power by 2014
POWER PLANS: Suhaila Marafi, director of studies and research at Kuwaits ministry of electricity and water said the country would also need to double its electricity capacity by 2020 (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Kuwait plans to spend KD7.5bn dinars ($27bn) through 2014 to develop its water

and power infrastructure, a government utility official said on

Monday.

Suhaila Marafi, director of studies and research at Kuwait's

ministry of electricity and water said the country would also

need to double its electricity capacity by 2020, noting power

was a bigger concern compared with water capacity.

"The ministry will spend KD7.5bn for the entire

sector up to 2014... there are different projects," she said at

an industry conference in Abu Dhabi.

"Power is a big problem in Kuwait but the water situation is

manageable."

Marafi said Kuwait's current capacity stood at around 11,300

MW and power needs called for an additional 10,000 MW over the

next 10 years.

Kuwait's water capacity is 390 million gallons per day

(MGPD) and it needs 760 MGPD by 2020, she added.

In November, Kuwait's electricity ministry said it would

spend about $21.3bn in the next four years on power and

water projects in its 2010-2014 development plan.

The Gulf Arab country also plans to build its first solar

power with generation capacity of between 50 to 200 MW and in

phases.

($1=KD0.2778)

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