H.E. Eng. Essa bin
Hilal Al-Kuwari, the President of Qatar General Electricity & Water
Corporation “KAHRAMAA” announced that KAHRAMAA has completed the
prequalification of 16 international Solar Power Developers within the process
of KAHRAMAA Request for Bids (RFB) for Qatar
first large scale solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant planned to be released
before the end of 2018.
The solar plant
comes within KAHRAMAA plans to diversify power generation resources and
increase renewable energy percentage in Qatar’s energy mix.
The announcement was
made during a press conference for KAHRAMAA President on Sunday 7/10/2018 at
KAHRAMAA main building.
said, ”Since our country has an abundance of solar radiation, and
from monitoring the recent developments in solar panel manufacturing along with
their decreasing costs, and from studying the natural gas that can potentially
be saved, KAHRAMAA has decided to go forward with a utility-scale solar power
Al-Kuwari added that
the project comes in implementation of the higher directives of HH Sheikh Tamim
bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar 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.
“As a first stage,
350 MW will be connected to the grid by 2020 in achievement of the strategic
objective set in QNDS 2018 – 2022“. He clarified.
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 environmental aspects were observed in coordination with the Ministry
of Municipality and Environment.
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 Energy participates in the project
as a Strategic National Investor.
international companies and consortiums with wide experience in the development
of solar plants, and 16 international developers have been prequalified.
Under this project it is
expected to get competitive power generation prices, 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% of
harmful carbon emissions in Qatar. Since it was launched by KAHRAMAA in 2012,
Tarsheed managed to reduce 10.6 ton of emissions.