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. Kuwait To Splash Out On Power Projects As Cuts Loom

Subiya power plant in Kuwait under construction.
by Staff Writers
Kuwait City (AFP) May 28, 2007
Kuwait announced it plans to spend 27 billion dollars on power and water projects over the next eight years as the oil-rich emirate braced for power cuts this summer. Electricity and Water Minister Mohammad al-Olaim told parliament during a special debate that his ministry will next month begin "programmed power and water cuts" as the temperature soars to around 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) in the desert Gulf state.

"The cuts will continue for more than two months for about one hour daily as consumption is expected to outpace production of both electricity and water," Olaim said.

The cuts will be for longer periods if there are any problems at the emirate's five power and water plants, which currently have a production capacity of 10,000 MW and 316 million imperial gallons (1,438 million litres) daily, he said.

The minister said that in order to meet demand, the emirate plans to spend 27 billion dollars on new projects by 2015.

Kuwait, which adopts a cradle-to-grave welfare policy, still sells power at highly subsidised charges to its one million citizens and 2.16 million foreign residents.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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