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Kuwait scientists receive desalination patent in the US – Kuwait

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has received a patent for the construction of a desalination plant in the US, according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

In a statement, KISR said that affiliated scientists were able to reduce the hydraulic pressure needed for the desalination of seawater.

Using a trial and error process, scientists designed a desalination unit with a 30,000 litres-per-day capacity, producing 35 percent of fresh water output with 15 percent of atmospheric pressure.

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Work on $60m desalination plant continues in Al Jahra – Kuwait

Construction of a $60million desalination plant is progressing on schedule, with Golden Rays Electromechanical Works acting as infrastructure contractor.

The plant is owned by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water, and is located at Al Jahra.

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Gulf Consortium Signs Solar PV Power Project Agreements in Oman – Oman

A consortium composed of Saudi Arabia-based utility developer ACWA Power, Kuwait’s Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects Company (AEPCo) signed a contract and agreements with the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) to develop a 500-megawatt solar PV power plant in Ibri, Oman.

It will be developed on a BOO (build, own, operate) basis, which includes the development, finance, construction and operation of the solar power plant.

The project, dubbed Ibri-2 Independent Power Producer (IPP), will be the first utility-scale solar power project in Oman and will utilize Solar PV technology to yield 500MWac of power.

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Kuwait, South Korea trade volume totals USD 14 billion in 2018

The trade volume between Kuwait and South Korea has totaled USD 14 billion in 2018, up by 33 percent, compared to 2017’s, which was divided between USD 12.7 billion as Kuwaiti exports and USD 1.3 billion as South Korean imports.

Kuwaiti exports of crude oil and its derivatives enjoyed the lion’s share of trade exchange with South Korea, especially since the GCC-member state is Seoul’s second-largest energy supplier after Saudi Arabia, said South Korean Embassy in Kuwait on Saturday.

Meanwhile, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon is scheduled to make a four-day official visit to Kuwait on April 30, during which he will meet top officials.

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Solar-powered water desalination plant planned on 63ha Kuwait plot – Kuwait

Kuwait plans to launch water desalination projects powered by solar energy on a 63ha plot of land north of Kuwait Bay, according to the director general of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Dr Samira Omar.

The investment plan was revealed on the side-lines of the 13th Gulf Water Conference, held in Kuwait on 12-14 March, 2019. Dr Hamed Al-Azmi, Kuwait’s Minister of Education, said the conference aimed to boost inter-GCC cooperation on water planning projects. 

GCC countries, including Kuwait, depend on treated seawater for drinking and irrigation, among other purposes. Water desalination projects are picking up in the region as the countries, focused on future population numbers, seek to bridge the gap between water demand and supply.

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Kuwait calls for updating water desalination tech in GCC states – Kuwait

A senior Kuwaiti official called on Tuesday for updating water desalination technology in the GCC countries amid ongoing dependence on the water to secure this vital living resource.

GCC states continue to count on desalinating the sea waters and this warrants continuous action for upgrading and nationalizing the desalination technology, in tandem with dedicating attention to scientific research for enhancing the production, trimming the costs and averting adverse impact on the environment, said Minister of Education Dr Hamed Al-Azmi.

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Al-Zour North One concludes two years of successful operations – Kuwait

Shamal Al-Zour Al-Oula KSC, the owner and operator of Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant, announced yesterday the successful conclusion of two years of operations of the plant.

Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is Kuwait’s first independently owned power and water facility with a current production capacity of 27 percent of Kuwait’s power requirements at peak production (1,539MW) and 35 percent of water generation (107 million gallons per day).

Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant began operations in November 2016 and is the first stage of the country’s plan to significantly increase its capacity over the coming years as part of a larger effort to meet an anticipated peak demand of 25 gigawatts (GW) by 2025.

The milestone comes only 42 months after the Operation and Maintenance team took control of the first three gas turbines in June 2015 to provide early power during the construction phase of the site.

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Kuwait requests proposals for Az Zour North and Al Khairan – Kuwait

KAPP is seeking submissions from firms to handle feasibility studies, financing, and tendering – including preparing the request for qualification documents – for the public-private partnership (PPP) project.

Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has issued a request for proposals on Az Zour North phase two and three and Al Khairan phase one power and desalination projects.

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Kuwait offers four desalination units to Iraq – Kuwait City- Kuwait

At the discretion of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the State of Kuwait on Monday sent four seawater desalination units to Iraq.

A technical team of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water delivered the units to officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources at the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border on Monday, the Kuwaiti ministry’s undersecretary Mohammad Bushehri said in a press statement.

The production capacity of the four seawater desalination units amounts to one million imperial gallons, he said.

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Kuwait invites bidders for PPP power and water plants.- Kuwait

Kuwait wants private sector firms to submit construction proposals for power and water desalination plants in a bid to reduce state costs and boost competition.

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has invited local, national, and international companies to issue an expression of interest (EOI) for up to two water and power projects: Al-Khairan Phase 1 and Az-Zour North 2 and 3.

 

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