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New Solar Power Project Expected To Generate 500 MW Of Electricity By 2020

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A huge solar power project by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), which is expected to be complete by 2020, aims to produce 500 to1000 MW of electricity for the country. The project was recently allocated land in Al Kharsaah for construction to begin.

The first phase of the project will cost nearly $500 million, according to a statement on Monday by QEWC General Manager and Managing Director, Fahad Hamad al Mohannadi.

He said that both local and international investor companies for the project will be revealed soon. QEWC signed a contract with Qatar Postal Services Company (Q-Post), which will be providing shipping and supply services.

Mohannadi informed that more than 92 percent of the Umm Al Houl project, which will provide 2500 MW of electricity, 130 million gallons of water is complete. The project is due for completion in 2018, and is one of the biggest of its kind in the region, costing nearly $3 billion.

He stressed that Qatar is already self-sufficient in power generation and also possess the fuel it needs to generate power, along with the chemicals that the power and water production segment needs.

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