Kuwait plans to tender a contract to build the estimated $1.2bn Dibdibah solar-power plant in Q1 2018. The 32 sq km plant is expected to produce 50% of the country’s planned renewable energy output when completed by the end of 2020, saving 5.2mn barrels of oil a year and slashing carbon emissions by 1.3mn tonnes per year, Al-Mahrous added.
The move is part of Kuwait’s plans to produce 15% of power from renewable energy by 2030, the report said. However solar projects will also help boost production of petrochemicals and refined products.“By freeing up the resources, the crude and fuel oil, you can process them and have a highly valued product,” Al-Mahrous said. “Everything you don’t use has value for the country.”
Kuwait is building a 615,000 barrel-a-day refinery, a petrochemical plant and a receiving terminal for liquefied natural gas at Al-Zour on the Arabian Gulf coast.
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