Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) announced a public tender to establish Qatar first large scale solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant planned to be released before the end of 2018.
The President of Kahramaa Essa Hilal Al Kuwari announced in a press release that Kahramaa attracted international companies and consortiums with wide experience in the development of solar plants, and 16 international developers have been prequalified.
Al Kuwari added that the project comes in implementation of the higher directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to reduce dependence on oil and gas to achieve the economic diversity, and in line with the economic and environmental development pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Al Kuwari added that 10 km2 land plot located west of Doha near Al-Kharsaah area has been allocated for the construction of the solar power plant, with a total capacity of at least 700 MW.
The project will be based on Public – Private Partnership (PPP) concept for the encouragement of investment in large scale projects. The project is structured as Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) for 25 years, where the ownership will be transferred to Kahramaa after the end of the term. Siraj Power Energy participates in the project as a Strategic National Investor.
Under this project, competitive power generation prices are expected to save natural gas used in traditional power generation, along with reducing carbon emissions and preserving the environment. It is one of the objectives of the national program for conservation and energy efficiency “Tarsheed” for the reduction of 7 percent of harmful carbon emissions in Qatar. Since it was launched by Kahramaa in 2012, Tarsheed managed to reduce 10.6 ton of emissions.
Sources: Qatar News Agency (QNA), Kahramaa