Qatar to set up US$ 500 million reverse osmosis desalination plant

Qatar utility, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is set to establish a US$ 500-million, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant that will produce freshwater at 136 Ml/d.

Kahramaa signed an agreement with Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) to develop the Ras Abu Fontas A3 project under an independent water project model. It will be the first large-scale, reverse osmosis desalination plant in the country. It is scheduled to begin operation in the third quarter of 2016, according to a local newspaper report.

Japan’s industrial conglomerate, Mitsubishi Corporation, will be responsible for preparing the design, importing equipment and establishment of the plant.

The Qatari utility had invited independent companies in the country to come up with proposals to boost water production. It judged the proposal presented by QEWC as the most effective in terms of cost and technical means, and both sides agreed to set up the plant, said the report.

Under the deal, Kahramaa will sign a strategic pact with QEWC for purchase of potable water from the company for 25 years.

Mitsubishi is currently nearing completion of the 164 Ml/d multi stage flash Ras Abu Fontas A2 project for QEWC which it started in January 2013.