Kuwait plans tender for USD 1.2 billion solar project in 2018

OPEC's fifth-largest oil producer plans to generate 15 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2030 and will issue a tender for 1 GW of solar power in 2018.

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Kuwait will issue a tender to build the estimated USD 1.2 billion Dibdibah solar-power plant in the first quarter of 2018 as part of the country's plans to produce 15 percent of power from renewable energy by 2030.

OPEC's fifth-biggest oil producer set a Sept. 7 deadline for companies to express interest in the 1 gigawatt project, Shukri AbdulAziz Al-Mahrous, deputy chief executive officer of planning and finance at Kuwait National Petroleum Co., said in an interview at the company's headquarters south of Kuwait City. The cost will be about USD 1.2 billion, he said. Dibdibah will produce half of the country's planned renewable energy output, he said.

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