Kuwait's first and only independent power and water desalination company

Operating since 2016, Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula is the owner and operator of Kuwait's first independently-owned power and water plant. It is the first company established under the IWPP and PPP legal frameworks in Kuwait. Power and water produced by the Company is entirely supplied to the national power and water grid operated by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) under a 40-year long-term Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement (ECWPA).

Gas Fired Az-Zour


North Power Plant

The 1,500MW Az-Zour North Power plant is based on combined cycle gas
turbine technology using heat recovery steam generators and steam turbines.
The turbines generate electricity using natural gas as primary
fuel and fuel oil (gas oil) as back-up fuel. Fuel requirements are
fulfilled by MEW.

Company Highlights

The Az-Zour North gas-fired combined cycle power and water plant is located at Az-Zour, approximately 100km south of Kuwait City.
The power and water plant was built as part of the Az-Zour North Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP).

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The Company

Listed on Boursa Kuwait, Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company K.S.C.P. was founded for the development and operation of Az-Zour North One Power and Water plant.

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The Plant

Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is the first privately-owned gas-fired combined cycle power and water desalination plant in Kuwait.

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The Domestic Need for Electricity

During the last ten years, Kuwait’s power consumption has doubled driven by a fast population growth rate, which counts today just over four million people.

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Development milestone

The Company commenced full commercial operations in November 2016 and currently supplies about 10% of Kuwait's installed power generation capacity and 20% of the country’s installed water desalination capacity.

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Operation Performance

The operation of Az-Zour North Plant is carried out by Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula together with dedicated Operation and Maintenance Company "AZN O & M" Company.

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Environmental Management and Monitoring

AZN O&M Company adheres to strict, environmental operating procedures during the operation and maintenance of Az-Zour North Power and Water Plant.

Plant Overview


Az-Zour North Power
Plant, Gas Fired 

The 1,500MW Az-Zour North Power plant is based on combined cycle gas turbine technology using heat recovery steam generators and steam turbines. The turbines generate electricity using natural gas as primary fuel and fuel oil (gas oil) as back-up fuel. Fuel requirements of the plant are fulfilled by MEW.

Az-Zour North Water
Desalination Plant

The desalination plant comprises multiple-effect distillation (MED) units capable of producing 107 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) (486,400m³/d) of drinking water, which is equivalent to 20% of Kuwait’s installed water treatment capacity.

Board Members

Alex Katon

Vice Chairman

Ghazi Abdulrahman Al Sanea

Director

Husam Abdullah Al Roumi

Chairman

Quentin des Cressonnieres

Director

Andrew Paul Frain

Director and CEO

Farah Abdulrahman AlHumaidan

Board Secretary

Senior Management Team

Naveen Chandra Jha

Chief Technical Officer

Andrew Paul Frain

Director and CEO

Chris Balm

Chief Financial Officer

Ali Fahad Abdulsalam

Compliance Officer and Investment Relations Officer