Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water has shortlisted seven teams for the second phase of the Al Zour North Complex Independent Water and Power Producer (IWPP) project.

The ministry move follows the government approval for a $10bn spending programme focused primarily on building power and desalination plants.

The consortiums which have been jointly selected by the ministry and Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) include Abengoa; Acwa Power International; Korea Electric Power Corporation; Marubeni Corporation and Fouad AlGhanim & Sons Group of Companies; Sumitomo Corporation, Osaka Gas and National Industries Group Holding consortium; Mitsubishi Corporation, and Mitsui, according to Al Bawaba

The scope of work includes development, design, engineering, construction, ownership, operation, maintenance and transfer of the power and desalination plant. 

On completion, the second phase of the gas-fired Al Zour North power and desalinated water plant will have an initial capacity of 1,800MW.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it would also build the first phase of the Khairan power plant which will boast of 1,500MW of capacity using different types of fuel.

The facility will produce a minimum of 102 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water.