Under the patronage, and in the presence of, His
Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs,
the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, the General Electricity and Water
Corporation “KAHRAMAA” and Umm Al Houl Power Company signed an amendment to
their agreement on the provision of electricity and water.
The amendment will increase water desalination
capacity by 61.5 million gallons per day (about 280,000 cubic meters), which
enhances KAHRAMAA’s capabilities for a sustainable supply of high quality water
and electricity in Qatar.
The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Essa bin Hilal
Al-Kuwari, KAHRAMAA President, and Mr. Fahad Hamad Al-Muhannadi, the Chairman
of Umm Al Houl Power.
Under the agreement, Umm Al Houl will build and
operate an expansion to the existing plant that would raise its overall
capacity to 198 million gallons of water per day by 2021. The expansion will
use the new reverse osmosis technology, which will improve production
efficiency and reduce the use of gas in production systems. Umm Al Houl Power will act as the
project’s developer, while Samsung will be the main contractor and Acciona will
be the supplier and sub-contractor.
His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister
of State for Energy Affairs, welcomed the signing and said: “this agreement
with Umm Al Houl Power is a continuation of KAHRAMAA’s efforts to secure the
country’s water and electricity needs in support of the growth of the national
economy and the requirements of the comprehensive and sustainable development witnessed by the State
of Qatar under the wise directives and leadership of His Highness the Amir.
This also comes as an affirmation of our environmental commitment to using
state of the art desalination technology such as reverse osmosis.”
KAHRAMAA has adopted a long-term strategy to assess
future water and electricity demand levels and to reach agreements with
independent energy and water providers to meet the increase in demand and to
enhance the security of water and electricity supplies.
Umm Al Houl plant generates 2,520 megawatt of
electricity and 136.5mn gallons of drinking water per day, 60 million of which
is desalinated using reverse osmosis and 76.5 is using multiple-stage flash
technology. The plant is considered as one of the largest in the Middle East,
and one of the most environmentally friendly. It provides 30% of total Qatar’s electricity
needs and 40% of its water needs.