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Kuwait

Official Name:
State of Kuwait
Region:

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Specialized agency
Name:
Mr. Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad AlHumoud Alsabah
Position:
Chairman of the Board & Director General
Phone:
+965 22208511
Emails:
dg@epa.org.kw

Energy profile

Kuwait (2012)

Type: 
Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

Access to electricity across Kuwait is nearly 100%.Electric generation comes from Kuwait’s five existing power plants: Doha East, Doha West, Shuaiba North, al-Subiya, and al-Zour South.The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), of which Kuwait is a member, faces rapidly increasing demand growth in electricity. As a result, the six Gulf countries of UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Oman began a region-wide power grid. Phase I of the GCC power grid is scheduled for completion by mid-2009 and will connect the power grids of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Phase III of the GCC Grid will connect the Northern System – Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar – to the Southern System – UAE, and Oman by the end of 2011. Some analysts believe the GCC Grid has the potential to expand into North Africa and eventually link with Europe’s power grids. Kuwait has already had to utilize regional electricity imports from the Northern System, as it has been plagued by electricity supply shortfalls. The integrated power grids will reduce power outages in the short-term and increase power exchange across seasons and time zones.Kuwait has also discussed co-operation with non-GCC neighbouring countries including Iran, increasing the need for grid linkage equipment and power generation plants.

Renewable energy potential

Solar energyKuwait has an average insolation of 5.2 kWh/m2/day, and has a high potential for uptake of solar energy, with an estimated 73 ktoe of energy potential daily from utilising 10% of Kuwait's total land area for photovoltaics. A study assessing the economic feasibility and viability of implementing PV solar energy in the country found that under the present price of 5$/W and 15% efficiency, the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of a 1 MW station will be around $0.20/kWh. This LCOE can be feasible only when the cost of oil is around 100$/barrel. The Cost Benefit Analysis showed that when the value of saved energy resources used in producing traditional electricity, and the cost of lowering CO2 emissions are accounted for, the true economic cost of LCOE of a PV system will decline significantly.Wind energyIn Kuwait, the main prevailing wind is north-westerly, with an average wind speed of 5.5 m/s. The summer months are the time of the strongest winds. Some regions in the country are highly suitable for wind power generation because the average wind speed exceeds 5 m/s. The most attractive regions for wind energy applications are Al-Wafra and Al-Taweel. With an estimated 4.4 full-load wind hours per day, Kuwait has good wind energy potential. A co-operation agreement has been signed between the Kuwaiti Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and the Dar Saleh Al Qallaf engineering consultancy for the design of sustainable buildings with integrated renewable energy systems, in particular, wind power.Biomass energyThe Kuwaiti climate is arid, with few natural aquifers, hence the low potential for biomass energy in the country. Experiments in hydroponics have proven successful in the country in the past, meaning the potential for future development is present, if costly.Geothermal energy/HydropowerKuwait has little to no potential for the utilisation of either of these technologies.

Energy framework

The Ministry for Energy and Water, in conjunction with KISR, have proposed smart-operation strategies for public and government buildings in terms of lighting and air-conditioning. The aim is to extend to the residential sector in the near future to reduce the 85% contribution that air-conditioning and lighting have on residential consumption.Kuwait is set to issue tenders for a solar power plant, and aims for 5% of total electricity supply from renewable energy by 2020.A joint project has been proposed between KISR and Germany to generate electricity from wind power with 15 MW capacities and further project is in the pipeline for a solar-powered electricity station with a five to 10 MW capacity.

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    This publication examines the sectors, technologies and policy measures that will be central in the transition to a low-carbon energy system. It addresses the following questions: (1) What are the roles of coal and gas in meeting the stringent decarbonisation requirements for the power sector consistent with IEA modelling of global climate goals? (2) What are moderate carbon prices accomplishing in the electricity sector, and how can they be helpful as part of a package of other policies?

  • USAID Climate Action Review: 2010-2016

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    This report reviews what USAID and its partners have accomplished over six years. It describes how USAID ‘s climate work has evolved, summarizes its major achievements, and distills lessons learned and shares examples from a portfolio of activities across more than 40 countries and regional USAID missions.

  • Energy Changes Projektentwicklung GmbH

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Austria
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    Energy Changes´ (EC) business activities solely focus on GHG mitigation activities applying renewable energies and energy efficiency measures. EC identifies, evaluates and develops renewable energy/ energy efficiency and GHG mitigation projects. EC’s staff includes engineers, scientists, economists and business experts with many years of experience in sustainable energy, resource management and GHG mitigation. EC was founded in 2006 and has currently 15 employees and an annual turnover of approx. 2 million EUR.

  • Greenhouse Gas Management Institute

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Knowledge partner
    Country of registration:
    United States
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member
    Knowledge Partner

    GHGMI educates professionals on GHG accounting, auditing and management; trains professionals to meet the highest standards of expertise and ethical conduct; and conducts forward-looking research into critical GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) issues. GHGMI offers online courses, as well as workshops, courses and institutional academic partnerships. GHGMI's programing equips learners in all countries with the knowledge to succeed in reporting under the Paris Agreement.

  • Carbon Limits AS

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Norway
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    Carbon Limits (CL) consists of a highly experienced team of technical experts, economists and project managers with deep sector insight into climate change and energy sector development, combined with local know-how and networks within the company’s geographical target areas. CLs services cover three broad categories:

    1. Emission reduction project development through transfer of technology and know-how
    2. Consultancy and technical assistance
    3. Capacity building and training.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Knowledge partner
    Country of registration:
    Switzerland
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member
    Knowledge Partner

    International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources IUCN's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. 

  • The Evidence of Benefits for Poor People of Increased Renewable Electricity Capacity: Literature Review

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    This report provides the results of a review of the evidence that investments in electricity-generating capacity have benefits for poor people, and what factors influence that relationship. The review begins by elucidating a theory to break down the causal chain between additional renewable electricity generation capacity and poverty impacts in four stages or links, which can be formulated as four research questions: (1) What is the link between increased renewable electricity capacity and higher availability and reliability of supply?

  • INDO-MARECLIM project summary

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    INDO-European Research Facilities for Studies on MARine Ecosystem and CLIMate in India (INDO-MARECLIM) was the first India-EU joint research initiative under the 7th Framework programme of EU co-ordinated by NERCI. The overall objective of INDO-MARECLIM was to use and extend the research infrastructure at Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI) in order to strengthen scientific cooperation within climate and marine scientific cooperation between scientists and students from India and Europe.