Doha: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation "Kahramaa" and Qatar Electricity and Water Company "QEWC" signed an extension agreement for the operation of Ras Abu Fontas (BA) power plant during a signing ceremony held in Doha on Monday under the patronage of the Minister of State for Energy Affairs HE Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi.
The agreement, which extends the current 20-year contract by an additional seven years, is a significant achievement for both sides as they cooperate to achieve the best utilization of Qatars resources. It also underlines the strength of Kahramaa and QEWC as reliable suppliers and operators in the fields of electricity generation and water desalination.
The Ras Abu Fontas (BA) power plant is one of six plants that form the Ras Abu Fontas Complex, which was inaugurated in 2002.
Pursuant to the arrangement, QatarEnergy will continue to supply the natural gas required to operate the plant for the same period. Kahramaa will utilize the supplied electricity to meet the growing needs of Qatar and will have a higher level of flexibility in utilizing the three gas turbines of the power plant.
Commenting on this occasion, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs HE Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, said: "This agreement reflects the strong cooperation between Kahramaa and QEWC and aims at the optimal utilization of the countrys resources. QatarEnergy will continue to play a vital role in supplying natural gas to all power and water projects. I would like to thank the management and staff of both Kahramaa and QEWC for their outstanding performance in securing Qatars requirements for water and electricity."
For his part, the President of Kahramaa Eng. Issa bin Hilal Al Kuwari stressed that close coordination with QEWC and QatarEnergy is critical for securing the country's energy and water needs that are essential for the economic growth and development of Qatar. Eng. Al Kuwari added that Kahramaa is committed to providing electricity and water through advanced and sustainable infrastructure, keeping pace with the latest high-tech innovations in this sector regionally and internationally and relying on scientific analysis of demand patterns and production rates.
On his part, Managing Director and General Manager of QEWC, Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Hajri said that the company dedicates significant resources to address and meet the country's demand for electricity and water with high efficiency, in line with the development pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030. He also pointed out the company's diligence to improve the quality of its operations, reaching world-class levels of reliability.