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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

Growing in Power

Written by  Author |   Fri, 01 February 2013 15:15

Qatar's electricity needs are increasing
And so is the demand for quality transmission

Whatever the spark was that ignited the mega construction journey Qatar is currently going through, much more will be needed to power up the electricity grids serving the various areas around the country.

Being host of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar is the full swing of things as it readies itself for exponential demand for power, knowing that over the next decade the country will experience a rapid population growth starting with 1.9 million people expected to reside there in 2014. Commercial and industrial growth in the region and the expected boom in construction leading up to 2022 are the main drivers for this growing demand.
Qatar is expected to spend multibillion dollars on power projects over the next decade, with expected upgrades to power transmission networks, including 54 new substations with a price tag of $5 billion, as well as a $5 billion coal fired power plant in Raysut and a $5 billion solar power capability.

Founded in 1990, Qatar Electricity and Water Company is a public shareholding company in Qatar established to acquire and manage power generation and water desalination stations. QEWC is not only meeting the consumption needs of the country but also is expanding its operations regionally as well as globally.

The Ras Laffan Power Company has a capacity of 750 MWH of electricity and 45 MIGD of water. In 2011, Qatar commissioned the $ 3.9 billion Ras Girtas power plant at Ras Laffan. This plant is expected to be one of the major and biggest power generation plants in the country producing 2,730MW of electricity. The plant will also produce 63 million gallons of desalinated water daily.

The $2.4 billion Mesaieed Independent Power Plant is a 2000 MW power plant and a large substation, the output of which serves the Qatar national grid and the proposed Mesaieed aluminum smelter.

The Mesaieed power plant, owned by M Power and located south of Doha, produces 1/3 of the country's total electricity demand. It is the fourth independent project in the country in the power and water desalination sector which has been witnessing a privatization drive for the past 10 years. The project was completed and inaugurated by His Highness the Emir of Qatar on May 18, 2010. QEWC owns 40% of its shares.

Kahramaa, the State-owned Company operating Qatar's electricity and water transmission and distribution systems has been investing in traditional power generation and has launched projects worth 52 billion Qatari riyals to further develop and expand the water and electricity networks across the emirate. The number of transmission substations is to increase from 87 to 269 and the number of distribution substations to 10,000.

Kahramaa electricity customers have risen by 16 percent in 2010 from 234,620 to 272,159. Its water customers have risen by 21.6 percent to reach 225,821 in 2010. Kahramaa's upcoming projects include building 22 more substations and upgrading eight existing ones.

Kahramaa - West Coast independent water and power plant (IWPP) has a cost of about $3 billion.
Non-traditional power generating projects are also in the pipeline for Kahramaa through developing alternative sources like solar energy.

A1$ billion polysilicon production facility in Qatar is scheduled to operate in 2013 – the plant will manufacture 8,000 MTPY (metric tons per year) of high-purity solar grade polysilicon.

A driving force behind the need for solar and alternative energy power is Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid which included air conditioned stadia. The air-conditioning of the stadiums will occur through photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors.

Whether through traditional or renewable energy means, Qatar has truly seen the light and will make sure everyone basks under it.

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