7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Business News

QEWC-Mitsubishi to build $3.2bn Qatar plant

DUBAI: A consortium including Qatar Electricity and Water Company and Mitsubishi Corporation will build the biggest integrated power and water plant ever constructed in Qatar at a cost of $3.15 billion, a statement from QEWC said yesterday.

The plant at Umm Al Houl, 20km south of Doha, will provide 2,520 megawatts of electricity and 136.5 million gallons per day of water, with the first stage set to be finished in 2017 ahead of full operation in 2018.

Once completed, the plant will boost Qatar's production capacity of power and water to 11,000 MW and 535m gallons per day respectively.

The $3.15bn cost will be 85 per cent met by borrowing from local and international banks as well as export credit agencies, with the remainder coming from sponsors of the project. QEWC's contribution to the equity portion would be $252.6m, the statement added.

Earlier, local newspaper Gulf Times quoted the president of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Issa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, and Fahd Al Mohannadi, general manager of QEWC, as saying the project would help meet Qatar's rapidly-growing demand for power and water. It also erroneously stated the cost would be 3bn riyals ($824m).

Katsuya Nakanishi, general manager at Mitsubishi, was quoted as saying the consortium had signed a 25-year agreement with Kahramaa to purchase the power and water produced by the plant.

QEWC will hold 60pc of the project, with Mitsubishi and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) holding 30pc. Tepco will hold only a 1.5pc stake in the venture but may raise that to up to 33.3pc by the end of September, Mitsubishi and Tepco said. The remaining 10pc will be split equally between Qatar Foundation and Qatar Petroleum.

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