Bloomberg recently reported that Kuwait has issued a tender for construction of the Al Zour North power and water plant. Cost is estimated at KWD 750 million. Mr Eyad Ali AlFalah, assistant under- secretary for Technical Services at the Ministry of Electricity and Water said that 11 companies and consortia including Mitsui & Company, Marubeni Corporation, General Electric and GDF Suez prequalified to bid for the combined generation power plant which will have a capacity of 1500 MW and 100 million gal/per of water. The preferred bidder will likely be chosen by the end of 2011 for the project, which falls under a 4 year, KWD 30.8 million development plan. Al Zour North is to be build in the south of Kuwait, and operations are planned for the beginning of 2014.