Qatar opens Ras Laffan C power and water plant

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The official inauguration of the Ras Laffan C power and water plant took place recently and creates the largest power and water plant in Qatar.

The project has a capacity of 2,730 MW and more than 286,000 m³ desalinated water per day. The electricity and water will be sold through a 25 year Power and Water Purchase Agreement with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA).

GDF SUEZ and IPR-GDF SUEZ, Mitsui & Co, Chubu Electric Power Company and Shikoku Electric Power Company, form the consortium which owns 40 per cent of Ras Laffan C.

The selected power and water technology offers a highly efficient distillation and electricity production process, optimising the natural gas consumption at low emissions. GDF SUEZ Energy International and its partners were chosen as preferred bidders for the project in March 2008.

President and CEO of IPR-GDF SUEZ Middle East, Turkey and Africa region said: "Ras Laffan C will build on our existing presence in Qatar and will be instrumental in meeting the country's future energy and water needs, which will be boosted by the vast number of new industrial projects coming on stream in the next few years."

Ras Laffan C is the Group's second independent power and water project in Qatar. The group also has a 40 per cent ownership in Ras Laffan B (IWPP), in partnership with Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWC), and Chubu Electric of Japan, 5 per cent.

Ras Laffan B started production in 2008. The combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) produces 1,025 MW of power and 272,760 m3/day of water.

The Qatar Electricity and Water Company expects power requirements to rise to almost 10 GW in 2020, compared to 7.6 GW today, while the country's water needs would almost double, from 1.1 million m3/day in 2011 to around 2.1 million m3/day in 2020.

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