Qatar ups desalination capacity

Qatar has upped its desalination capacity by 144 Ml/d after Qatar Electricity and Water’s (QEWC’s) inauguration of its US$ 504 million, Ras Abu Fontas multi-stage flash distillation plant A2. And QEWC has commenced construction work on its Ras Abu Fontas A3 desalination plant at Ras Abu Fontas, near Al Wakra.

Mitsubishi and Toyo Thai Corporation Public Company have the engineering, procurement, construction contract for the reverse osmosis based A3 facility.

Construction is underway. Mitsubishi awarded the contract for the design and construction of the desalination units to Spain-based Acciona Agua. A3 is Acciona’s first desalination project for in Qatar and it is the country’s first project to use reverse osmosis technology on a large scale for potable water production.

The plant will be capable of producing potable water at 164,000 m³/d to be supplied to the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.

When operational, the plant will be capable of producing 164,000 m3 of potable water per day, which will be supplied to QEWC.