Ras Girtas IWPP becomes operational

Phase I of largest Qatari power project complete.

Once completed, the Ras Girtas IWPP will become a key source of power and water to Qatar.
Once completed, the Ras Girtas IWPP will become a key source of power and water to Qatar.

The first phase of the multi-billion dollar Ras Girtas power and water plant in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar has been completed, the Dow Jones newswire reports on Friday.

The initial phase -- Project C -- has the capacity to generate 1,833MW of power. Once fully operational, the project will have a total capacity of 2,730 MW.

With the completion of the first phase, a total of eight gas turbines have become operational. The desalination units will start functioning from October 2010. The plant would be fully operational in April 2011.

Saad Shareeda Al Kaabi, Chairman of Ras Girtas Power Company (RGPC) said the plant would be one of the key providers of desalinated water and power in the country. The plant, the latest and largest in the country, will be capable of providing 63 million gallons per day (MIGD) of potable water once the project becomes fully operational.

Faisal Obaid Al Sidiqi, RGPC CEO and vice-chairman, claimed the country's power generation capacity will double and water production will increase by more than 30 percent with the completion of the plant next year. The project work is progressing according to the original schedule, Al Sidiqi told Al Sharq.

The US$3.8 billion plant has eight gas turbine generators, eight heat recovery steam generators, four steam turbine generators and 10 desalination units. Mitsui is the main contractor for the plant, which will give Qatar a total power generating capacity of 9,039 megawatts and a desalination capacity of more than 320 million gallons per day.

The huge development of power generation and desalination capacity is being done to ensure sufficient power and water to meet an expected growth in demand and also for the possibility of exchanging power with the other GCC countries.

The RGPC is jointly owned by the Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC); a consortium of Japan's Mitsui, France's Suez Energy International and Qatar Petroleum.

Mitsui was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract which it sub-contracted to Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company of Korea, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry of Japan and Sidem of France.

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), which would purchase power and water from the Ras Girtas plant, is the biggest partner of the project. Kahramaa, being the sole distributor of water and electricity in the country, is expected to distribute an additional 1,600 MW of power and 20 MIGD of water with the partial commissioning of the project.


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