DOHA: The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has signed an agreement with Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) to establish a plant for production and desalination of water using reverse osmosis (RO) technology.
The plant, the first of its kind in Qatar, will have a capacity to produce 36 million gallons of desalinated water daily. It will cost $500m and start operation in the third quarter of 2016, Kahramaa said in a statement yesterday.
Earlier Kahramaa had asked independent companies in the country to come up with proposals to increase water production. After studying the offers, it found the proposal presented by QEWC the most effective in terms of cost and technical means, and both sides agreed to set up the plant.
However, the statement did not mention the location where the new plant will be set up.
Kahramaa and QEWC have signed an offer letter to enable the latter to start work and an agreement for buying water will be signed in the next three months. It will be for 25 years.
Under the agreement, QEWC will establish the plant. Mitsubishi Company will be responsible for preparing the design, importing equipment and establishment of the plant. Kahramaa will buy portable water from the company for 25 years. Kahramaa said it is implementing projects across Qatar to raise its strategic water reserve and this project will be followed by other agreements and projects to improve supply and services.The Peninsula