Salem Al-Othaina, the Kuwaiti minister of Electricity and Water, has said that the ministry plans to expand the electricity distribution network, which is part of a five-year plan to increase power capacity by about 50 per cent.
The distribution network expansion is intended to prevent shortage of power during the hot summer months. It has been reported that the dusty conditions of summer might create obstacles to electricity distribution.
The ministry said that the existing electricity capacity in Kuwait is 12 300 MW, and peak consumption this summer is expected to be 11 700 MW, and that therefore there is a 600 MW reserve margin so current capacity is sufficient to meet demand.
The ministry’s planned generation increase is designed to meet Kuwait’s growing consumption levels and the future demands of large-scale projects in residential areas in the near future.