Qatar Starts Construction Of 2.5GW Power/Desalination Plant, Eyes Solar Venture

Umm al Haul is Qatar’s first big power and desalination project in five years. The project aims to develop the electricity and water utility sectors in the country, as well as increase foreign and local investments in the same two sectors.

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)


table Qatar Power & Desalination: Capacity And Projects
chart Qatar Electricity System Load (GW)