Yet another mega power and water plant will be coming up soon in Qatar. The plants will be located in Ras Rukn in Al Shamal in order to meet the future needs of the country. The land has already been allotted to build a solar plant with the capacity of up to 700 megawatts of electricity.
“Facility E Project in the size of Umm Al Houl power plant will be built in Ras Rukn and it is expected to be completed in 2020 to keep pace with the demand for electricity and water”, said General Manager and Managing Director of the Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), Fahad Hamad Al Mohannadi.
He added that the company is working towards completing its local projects at an accelerated pace. He stressed the blockade has not affected the projects and will never affect them in the future.
“About 93 percent of the Umm Al Houl power plant, which is due to be officially opened after next summer, has been completed”, said Al Mohannadi, adding that it is currently producing 60 percent of its electricity capacity and 60 percent of its water capacity.
Al Mohannadi said that Umm Al Houl power station supports the Qatar’s consumption of water and electricity and adds about 25 percent to the existing capacity.
Once completed the plant will be among the largest power and desalination plants in the Gulf and Middle East.
Speaking about the solar projects, Al Mohannadi said that investing in solar energy is important and has global importance since the benefit is available at reasonable prices.
The tender for this project will be issued by the middle of next year completed, he said, adding that first phase will be completed within 18 months and will be operated by the end of 2019, ahead of the scheduled date by the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. By the middle of 2020, the plant will be fully operated, he said.
Coming to the projects abroad, Qatar backed Nebras Power plant is the largest investor in the electricity sector outside Qatar. QEWC owns 60 percent and Qatar Investment Authority owns 40 percent.
Meanwhile, the company is looking for openings in investment in Indonesia, Pakistan and Morocco.
With regard to the GCC grid, Al Muhannadi said Qatar is committed to supply some of the siege countries with gas and is also committed to supply them with electricity, in case of emergency.
The President of Chubu Electric Power Company, Satoru Katsuno, stressed that the long-term relations between Japan and Qatar are in favour of establishing more partnerships and business between the two countries.