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After a lull in power and desalination capacity development, Qatar has now lined up one big project and is studying bids for another. In all, the emirate plans to boost power capacity by 51% and desalination capacity by 85%.
Qatar is preparing to build a plant with capacity to generate 2.4GW of electricity and desalinate 590,000 cmd of water at Umm Al Haul, 20km south of Doha. The plant will include the first new power capacity addition to be sanctioned by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) in more than five years.
State utility Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has signed a 25-year power and water purchase agreement with the K1 Energy joint venture of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), who have initial equity shares of 98.5% and 1.5% respectively.
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