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Qatar plans world's biggest solar plant - report

Country will ask firms to tender for 1,800MW plant costing $10bn-$20bn

NEWS, Business

Qatar is set to build the world's largest solar plant and will soon ask firms to submit tenders to build it, according to Reuters.

The country is looking to build a 1,800MW solar energy plant at a cost of between $10bn-$20bn. Speaking at the latest round of

UN climate change talks in Doha (COP18), the chairman of Qatar's delegation, Fahad Bin Mohammed al-Attiya, acknowledged that it needs "to diversify our energy mix".

The country is one of the biggest exporters of liquefied natural gas in the world, which has given it one of the highest per-capita incomes in the world.

According to the report, the country plans to use the solar power generated to fuel its desalination plants, which are currently gas-fired.

The plant is due to be completed by 2018 and once finished would increase the share of power generated by renewable energy from its current level of zero to around 16% of total power generated.

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