Fulfilling energy demands in Kuwait
The greatest energy challenge in Kuwait is the increasing demand of power supply (estimated at 8 per cent annually by the Kuwaiti Electricity and Water Ministry) as a result of developmental projects that have been growing rapidly over the past few years. GE has contributed to meeting the demand by tying up with Hyundai Heavy Industries and supplying the latest equipment to a power plant in Sabiya under a $2.65 billion contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water.
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the power plant, Steve Bolze, President & CEO of GE Power and Water, said, “The Sabiya combined cycle power plant is one of the fastest projects of this scale being implemented anywhere in the world, reflecting the commitment of GE, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Al Rashed Group, GE’s long-standing partner in Kuwait.”
Matt Kniskern, Sabiya Joint Venture manager said; “Early completion of these foundations will be key to delivering the project on schedule. Significant progress has already been made in this regard and we are confident we will be able to maintain this pace.” Earlier in March, Kuwait Minister of Electricity H.E. Dr. Bader Shabeeb Al Shriaan visited the Sabiya Power Plant on a tour and to note that the landmark project for the State is on track.
Under its share of the contract totalling $1.3 billion, GE Energy will supply equipment with emission reducing technology to the plant. GE will also dedicate a highly skilled workforce to run the power station and provide training for the Ministry of Electricity and Water employees to support growth plans and assure efficient operation of the plant over the first few years.