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Kuwait to produce 17,500 megawatts of power by 2014-paper

Kuwait to spend $21.3 bln on power and water projects.

October 25, 2010 10:52 by

Kuwait expects to raise its electrical power capacity to 17,500 megawatts from the current 12,000 megawatts by 2014, a minister said in remarks published on Monday.

Al-Watan daily quoted the minister of electricity and water, Badr al-Shuraian, as saying the Gulf Arab state will spend over 6 billion dinars ($21.30 billion) on power and water projects till then.

The expenditure is part of a 30 billion dinar four-year development plan that ends in 2014.

About 70 percent of energy in the arid country with long hot summers is consumed by air conditioning, and electrical power is heavily subsidised by the state.

The minister said production of desalinated water will be raised to 600 million gallons a day by the end of the development plan, from a current 400 million gallons a day.

Kuwait has limited fresh water resources, and almost totally depends on desalinating water from the Gulf.

The world’s fourth-largest oil exporter is also studying the viability and cost of a civil nuclear energy program, which is expected to be ready for decision makers by early next year.

(Reporting by Diana Elias; Editing by Alison Birrane)

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