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Qatar's Ras Abu Fontas A3 project due in Q1 2017

Qatar's firs desalination plant to use reverse osmosis technology, Ras Abu Fontas A3, has reached 99% completion and is due to come on line Q1 2017

Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada (centre). (The Peninsula)
Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada (centre). (The Peninsula)

Ras Abu Fontas A3 water desalination project is likely to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

The first desalination project in Qatar where reverse osmosis technology has been used, Ras Abu Fontas A3, has reached 99.96% completion

The Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada yesterday, while addressing the Annual General Assembly Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel: “Ras Abu Fontas A3 water desalination project, which is built on reverse osmosis technology, has reached a completion of 99.96% and will help to cover the increasing demand for water.”

He outlined how the first phase of the project was completed in September 2016, with the final phase of the project – which will have a capacity of 36 MIGD of water – due for completion Q1 2017, at a total cost of approximately QAR1.75bn ($481m).

Al Sada added that the company has a 10-year plan until year 2026, taking into account the country’s annual increase in demand for electricity and water, particularly relating to the 2022 World Cup and the diversification of revenue sources, along with the rationalisation of expenditure through raising performance and efficacy.

“Umm Al Houl power project, which is one among the biggest projects in the region representing almost 25 percent of the total power and water requirement of the state of Qatar, has reached a completion of more than 75%. A major portion of the plant is expected to be completed in 2017 itself and final completion, with a capacity of 2,520 MW of Electricity and 136.50 MIGD of water, is expected by 2 July, 2018,” Al Sada added.

The Minister explained that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between QEWC and Qatar Petroleum on 23 December, 2015 to form company, Siraj Power, to specialise in solar power as a means of generating electricity.

A joint venture agreement for the formation of the company was signed by the partners on 29 November 2016, with the establishment of the company expected by 31 March 2017 and the project is expected to start implementation by 30 June, 2017.
 

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