Qatar set to tender solar power project

solar  Andreas DemmelbauerQatar has outlined plans to generate 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources in the next decade with the first phase of a 200MW solar project set to be tendered in Q1 2014

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has been charged with the task of delivering the 200MW solar energy plant project by 2020.

Kahramaa renewable energy technologies section head Saleh Hamad al Marri will soon be providing a detailed update on the strategy and technology requirements for the upcoming solar project at the Solar Qatar Summit 2013, to be held in mid-November this year.

Qatar’s minister of industry and energy Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada had said earlier this year that the initial phase of the 200MW solar programme would see pilot plants generating 5MW to 10MW at a cost of US$30mn.

The first phase of the project will be expected to be tendered in the first quarter of 2014 by Kahramaa as the sole transmission and distribution system owner operator for electricity and water in Qatar.

Solar energy will be the main focus for Kahramaaa as it will work to ensure sustainability, economic growth, social development and environmental protection as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Work is also underway on the construction of Kahramaa's AwarenessPark, which will demonstrate the processes of electricity generation and water desalination as well as serving as an education centre for children.

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