Eco-friendly desalination plant to be developed in Qatar

Qatar and Sweden are partnering to set up an eco-friendly water desalination project that that would only use green energy

Ambassador of Sweden, Ewa Polano (left), and Vice-Minister of Trade, Oscar Stenström at the Press Conference. Picture courtesy of The Peninsula.
Ambassador of Sweden, Ewa Polano (left), and Vice-Minister of Trade, Oscar Stenström at the Press Conference. Picture courtesy of The Peninsula.

Qatar and Sweden are jointly planning to set up a green water-desalination project in the north of Qatar that would use only solar and wind energy to treat water and thereby reduce 450,000 tonnes of carbon emission per year.

Both countries have agreed in principle to start technical workshops in the near future on the eco-friendly project, The Peninsula reported

“Sweden and Qatar are negotiating on a water producing project to be set up that will use only wind and solar energy to desalinate sea water,” said Oscar Stenström, Swedish vice minister of trade following his meeting with Minister of Energy and Industry HE Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada.

The minister said that the proposed water plant would use 200 megawatt power from wind and 200 megawatt from solar panels. The cost of water desalination will be as low as $1 per cubic metre, according to the Swedish vice minister.

Stenström said that the project, which would cost an estimated $2bn, would also address water scarcity issue and promote green growth, sustainable farming and would bring food security for Qatar.

Kahraama and Qatar Electricity and Water Company would be the key Qatari stakeholders while Monsson Energy AB and Sweco AB would be the Swedish partners.

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