Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has inaugurated the Umm Al Houl power plant expansion project in Umm Al Houl Economic Zone in Al Wakra City.
The completion of the water expansion project represents a significant step towards achieving self-sufficiency in the production of electricity and water. The project improves national firms’ efficiency in developing capacities and attaining the aims of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for a thriving and sustainable economy.
The Umm Al Houl Power Station, which will produce 2,520 megawatts of electricity and 197.9 million gallons of desalinated water per day, will meet 30 percent of the country’s electric energy needs and 40 percent of its desalinated water needs. This extension will enhance desalinated water production capacity by 61.4 million gallons per day, bringing the total capacity of the Umm Al Houl Power Station to 197.9 million gallons per day.
“We are very proud of this leading strategic project, which was accomplished during challenging circumstances of a raging pandemic that hampered life and business around the world. However, we have managed to overcome all obstacles with the support of our wise leadership and the efforts of our partners to accomplish this project in record time and ahead of schedule. I would like to thank Essa Hilal Al Kuwari President of Khramma, Mohamed Nasser Al Hajri, the Chairman of Umm Al Houl Power Company and Managing Director and General Manager of the Qatar Electricity and Water Company, and Jamal Al Khalaf, the CEO of Umm Al Houl Power Company, for their valuable efforts to complete this project ahead of schedule.”
According to the reports, the project has been successfully completed despite the challenges provided by the pandemic, and within the budgeted cost of about $450 million (QR1.64 billion). The expansion project is in line with Vision 2030 for environmental preservation, as well as the energy sector’s efforts to minimize carbon emissions.