Posted on March 26, 2016

HE Minister of Energy and Industry Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said Thursday that Umm Al Houl power project is part of the country's strategic goals of creating an infra-structure to support economic development. The project aims to develop the electricity and water utility sectors in the country, as well as increase foreign and local investments in the same two sectors.

His Excellency was speaking during a ceremony held to celebrate the placing of the project's cornerstone. In addition to providing power, Umm Al Houl is also a water management projects that aims to desalinate water to meet future demand. HE the Minister said that the project is part of Qatar National Vision 2030, placed by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. His Excellency said that the vision continues to overcome challenges, as evident by the Qatar's 4% GDP growth despite the decline in oil prices and the impact it has had on many economies.

When completed, Umm Al Houl will produce 2520 MW of electricity and 136 million gallons of water a day. This represents a 22% increase on the state's current electricity output, and a 25% increase in water. Such figures make Umm Al Houl one of the biggest projects of its kind in the region. His Excellency noted that the location of the project was chosen based on the availability of the infrastructure, particularly water and gas pipelines. Another factor was the low salinity of the water near the site.

The project will be a partnership between Kahramaa, Qatar Petroleum and Japanese firms Mitsubishi and TEPCO. It will cost QR11 billion and will use environmentally-friendly technology. National companies will have access to at least 30% of the project's works. Umm Al Houl project is expected to be completed over two phases. The first phase will be completed by the second quarter of 2017, with 40 million gallons of water a day produced. The project will reach full capacity in the third quarter of 2018.