Kuwait’s largest power plant switches to combined cycle

The second phase of construction on Kuwait’s largest power plant has been completed as the country hits its peak demand.

The hot summer months mean a surge in electricity demand so work at state-owned Sabiya combined-cycle plant has been finished just in time.

In June, the first phase of commissioning – involving six GE 9FA gas turbines operating in simple-cycle mode – brought on line 1400 MW and this week that capacity was taken to more than 2000 MW when the plant shifted to combined cycle mode.

Sabiya was built in co-operation with Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea.

Kuwait’s power demand is growing at approximately 7-10 per cent per year and if this rate continues it estimates it will reach national peak load demand of 25 000 MW by 2025.

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