(EnergyAsia, February 13 2013, Wednesday) — Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, and its partners have secured two contracts to operate large power plants in Kuwait and the Malaysian state of Penang.

TNB said it and Kuwait’s Kharafi National have won a seven-year contract worth RM$1 billion to operate and maintain the Shuaiba North power and distillation co-generation plant in the Middle Eastern country. (US$1=RM3.1).

Owned by Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW), the plant was commissioned in 2010. It is located within Shuaiba Industrial Authority Area, approximately 40km from Kuwait city. Fuelled by natural gas and distillates, the plant has the capacity to produce 780MW of electricity and 45 million imperial gallons per day of distilled water.

In a separate filing to the Malaysian stock exchange, TNB said it has signed three agreements with Samsung Engineering & Construction Malaysia and Germany’s Siemens to build and operate a RM2.47 billion combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Penang state.

This included an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Samsung Engineering and a long-term service and 20-year operation and maintenance agreement with Siemens.

Due to be completed by end-2015. the 1,071MW plant is part of TNB’s planned RM9.7 billion investment  to build new power capacity over the next five years to meet Malaysia’s growing electricity demand.