Kuwait needs to double electricity capacity by 2020; power a bigger concern than water, official says
Kuwait plans to spend KD7.5bn dinars ($27bn) through 2014 to develop its water
and power infrastructure, a government utility official said on
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
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