Kuwait’s Premier Independent
Power Generation and Water Desalination Company

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The Company

Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company K.S.C. (Public) was established in 2013 to develop, construct and operate the Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant. The company operates under the legal framework of the Independent Water and Power Project (IWPPs) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

The Plant

The Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is Kuwait’s first privately-owned gas-fired combined cycle power and water desalination plant. The output is supplied to the country's national power and water grid under a 40-year long-term Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement (ECWPA) with the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW)

Development Milestone

The company commenced full commercial operation in November 2016 and currently provides around 10% of Kuwait’s installed power generation capacity and around 20% of the country’s installed water capacity.

Operational Performance

The Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is owned and operated by Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company K.S.C. (Public) and the Az-Zour North Operation and Maintenance Company (AZN O&M).

The Domestic Need for Electricity

The facility provides the cleanest and most efficient source of electricity in the State of Kuwait, and is the first stage of the country’s plan to significantly increase capacity over the coming years to meet an anticipated peak demand of 25 gigawatts (GW) by 2025.

Environmental Management and Monitoring

The company adheres to strict, environmental procedures for the operation and maintenance of the plant, and utilizes various tools to assess environmental conditions and trends to determine the effectiveness of the facility's operations.

Plant Overview


Power Generation

The Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is a combined-cycle power plant that utilizes gas and steam turbines to produce up to 50% more electricity than a traditional simple-cycle plant. It produces a total of 1,539.2MW in net contracted power capacity from five General Electric GTG 9F-3 turbines generating 225.8 MW each, and two General Electric STG D1 turbines generating 251 MW each.

Water Production

The Az-Zour North One Power and Water Plant comprise a Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) unit capable of producing 107 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) net, the equivalent of 486,400 m³/d of desalinated water. It provides 20% of Kuwait‘s installed water capacity through ten desalination SIDEM MED units generating 10.84 MIGD each.

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