The QR1.75bn Ras Abu Fontas A3 (RAF A3), one of the major desalination projects to supply potable water to Qatar's residents, was formally dedicated on Tuesday by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, at Wakrah.
The expansion took a little more than 18 months. The station, using superior reverse osmosis (RO) technology for the desalination process, has the capacity to supply an additional 36mn gallons of water (mlgd) to the country's water networks. The first phase of the project, with a capacity of 22mlgd, had been operational since September last year. While speaking at the ceremony, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, expressed hope that the expanded project, which is one of the most advanced stations of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), would help effectively meet the growing water requirements of the country's residents.
The application of the RO technologies, said the minister, would help the station contribute to sustainable development in line with the goals and objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030.