The Siraj Energy joint venture of state firms Qatar Electricity & Water Co (QEWC – 60%) and Qatar Petroleum (QP – 40%) has awarded Japan’s Marubeni and France’s Total a contract to build Qatar’s first utility-scale solar plant.

The 800MW Al Kharsaah photovoltaic (PV) plant will be built 80km west of Doha, with the first 350MW capacity phase scheduled to begin delivering electricity to the grid in 2021 and a second phase due to take the plant to full capacity operation in 2022. (CONTINUED - 755 WORDS)