First SWRO project in Qatar nears completion

First SWRO project in Qatar nears completion
Published: 7 March 2017 - 2:34 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The first ever seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination project in Qatar, Ras Abu Fontas A3 is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year after reaching 99.9% completion.

Once completed, the new desalination plant is expected to immediately address the growing demand for water in Qatar.

The project’s first phase was completed in September 2016 while the last phase with a capacity of 36 MIGD (million gallons per day) of water is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017 at a total cost of approximately QR1.75bn, reported The Peninsula.

“The company has developed a ten year long-term plan which takes into account the annual increase in the requirement for electricity and water in the country, especially with regard to 2022 World Cup and diversification of sources revenue and rationalisation of expenditures through raising the level of performance and efficiency,” said Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada , Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company.

Umm Al Houl power project, which is one among the biggest projects in the region representing almost 25% of the total power and water requirement of Qatar, has reached a completion rate of more than 75%, reported The Peninsula.

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 July 2, 2018.

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