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26 March 2019 10:00 am

HH the Amir officially opens the Umm Al Houl Power Plant

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HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani inaugurated Umm Al Houl Power plant, during a ceremony held by Qatar Electricity and Water Company in Umm Al Houl area on Monday morning. The ceremony was attended by HE Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and a number of Their Excellencies ministers and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the State.

Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony, HE Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi said that Umm Al Houl Power Plant is one of the most important power projects in the State of Qatar and an addition to the long list of projects that the State has implemented to provide the necessary infrastructure for development and to support comprehensive development in the country. His Excellency pointed out that is capable of generating 2,520 megawatt of electricity and 136.5 million gallon drinking water per day, which meets 30 percent of the country's needs of power and 40 percent of its desalinated water.

He explained that the importance of this plant stems from the value it provides to the Qatari economy along with its sophisticated technology, adding that the best global technology in the field of water through reverse osmosis technology, which would support the efforts to reduce gas emission as much as possible and raise the efficiency of performance. These are two important elements of the success of the electricity and water production operations in the State, he highlighted. HE the Minister pointed out that this project, despite all challenges, has been completed on time and within the estimated cost amounted to about QR 11 billion, using the highest technical and international standards and taking into account the least impact on the environment, praising the importance attached by the management of Umm Al Houl Company to the security and safety of workers at the site, in which more than 14000 workers were present at the same time, adding its efforts that succeeded in cooperation with those of the company that implemented the project in the registration of 69 million hours without accidents. His Excellency also welcomed the partners in the Umm Al Houl project, namely Mitsubishi and JERA companies from Japan, which have strong cooperation with the State of Qatar for more than 50 years in the field of oil and gas, and in the construction of power plants and water desalination.

He also praised all those who contributed to the completion of this project, including Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Samsung and Hitachi, as well as local construction contractors, led by Al Jaber and Mott MacDonald companies that oversaw the project in the design and implementation stages. For his part, Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi, Chairman of Umm Al Houl Power Company and General Manager of Qatar Electricity and Water Company, said that electricity is an essential supporter of the economy in any country in the world, and water is also the most important component of human life. That is why most countries are keen to provide the electricity needed to advance the economy in addition to securing their water needs. He added that electricity and water sector in Qatar are among the important sectors to which the State is attaching great importance and has invested in it locally and globally. He said the importance of Umm Al Houl Power project lies in its production manner which combines efficiency of performance through optimal utilization of natural gas and the diversity of the water production mechanism, through optimal use of thermal energy and reverse osmosis technology, which are considered the best in terms of the environment, pointing to the strategic location of the project that feeds both Doha, Al Wakra and the industrial area, as well as its connection to the major reservoirs.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Takehiko Kakiuchi described the Umm Al Houl power plant as a tremendous achievement, noting that it is the first investment project for Mitsubishi in the State of Qatar. He stated that the project was completed before the contractual date, adding that participation in such a project is a real proof of Mitsubishi's strategy. He expressed satisfaction at contributing to the stability of the electricity and water supply in the State of Qatar. He added that Mitsubishi directors will be delighted to participate in new business opportunities in the future to contribute to the overall development of the State of Qatar. Furthermore, a short film about the power plant, its production volume and its role in providing electricity and water was shown during the ceremony.

HH the Amir placed the magnetic piece in the logo of the power plant to officially inaugurate it. Following the ceremony, HH the Amir toured the power plant, where His Highness listened to a summary of the mechanisms of work and production. Umm Al Houl power plant is one of the largest water desalination and power generation plants in the region. It represents a great addition to the water and electric security in the State of Qatar. It also uses modern technologies that protect the environment, ensures water production and generates electricity at the highest standards and quality. QEWC owns 60 percent of the Umm Al Houl power planet, Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Foundation own 5 percent each, and Mitsubishi-TIBCO owns the remaining 30 percent. The power plant is located in an important strategic location to secure the requirements of the economic and urban development witnessed by the State of Qatar thanks to the wise leadership and its keenness on the development of the country.

Source: QNA