State-owned Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and partners have started site work on the first major power and desalination plant to be sanctioned in Qatar in more than five years. The plant is expected to cost QR11bn ($3.02bn) and to reach full capacity in the third quarter of 2018.

The plant will have capacity to generate 2.52GW of electricity and to desalinate 618,000 m3/d of water. The importance of the project to Qatar is shown by the fact that it is equivalent to 29% of the country’s existing power generating capacity of 8.63GW and 37% of its current desalination capacity of 1.66mn m3/d. (CONTINUED - 742 WORDS)