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QR14bn Ras Girtas power plant to be opened on May 31.

RAJESH MISHRA DOHA THE QR14 billion Ras Girtas power plant, to be inaugurated in Ras Laffan Industrial City on May 31, will be the biggest power plant in Qatar, Vice- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company Faisal Obaid al Siddiqi has said.

In an exclusive interview with Qatar Tribune, which was published on May 19 (Thursday), Siddiqi said the plant would generate 2730 megawatts of power.

Regarded as one of the biggest plants in the Middle East, it would also produce 63 million gallons of desalinated water daily, he added.

Siddiqi said, "With the commissioning of this plant, country's power output will reach 6,000 megawatts whereas desalinated water production capacity will go up from 260 million gallons per day to 323 million gallons per day.

The plant will increase power generation by around 30 percent and desalinated water capacity by 20 percent." He, however, said the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) had requested the company to work for the expansion of the desalinated water unit which would increase generation from 63 million gallons per day to 88 million gallons per day.

"The company intends to present a quotation with regard to its expansion plans.

If successful, it will add another 550 megawatts of electricity and 35 million gallons of desalinated water daily," he added.

Ras Girtas has a 25-year contract with Kahramaa for the supply all the power to Kahramaa whereas the latter will feed the local network or the GCC Electricity link-up system.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
Date:May 29, 2011
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