2 February 2009 - The Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water will receive the first turbine of the northern Al-Shuaiba IWPP in April, a ministry official said.
The Kuwait News Agency said the underway project aims to fulfill high demand for power and water in the country, Mohamed Bushehri, chief of the ministry program planning and following-up section.
The northern Al-Shuaiba station is the first plant in Kuwait to generate electricity and to distill water, he said.
In 2007, the contract bearing on electricity generation was clinched with Mitsui Co., Limited and Hyundai Engineering Construction Co Ltd, while the contract pertinent to water distillation was signed with Italy's Fisia Italimpianti company, he added.
The project consists of three US-made gas turbines at a capacity of 220 MW each, together with a 220 MW steam turbine from Japan's Toshiba and three steam generation turbines for retrieving thermal energy, he noted.
Italy's Fisia Italimpianti is designing three water desalination units at a capacity of 15 million gallons each on a daily basis, he concluded.