Qatar inaugurates solar plant to help power World Cup

October 19, 2022 / 8:41 AM
Sharjah24_AFP: Gas-rich Qatar inaugurated its first solar power plant stretching across the desert, which organisers of the football World Cup have said will provide clean energy for its stadiums.
Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, Qatar's Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of Qatar Energy said, "We already today inaugurated 800 megawatts of power, we are going to inaugurate in 2024, Hopefully, start construction of another 875 (megawatts), for Qatar Energy between Ras Laffan and Mesaieed So that would take 1600 (megawatts). And then with time, we will go to 5000((megawatts)."

The Qatar's Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of QatarEnergy added, "The cost of the project is approximately 1.7 billions Qatari riyals (466 million dollars)"

He continued, "We think alike as companies, and you know, being in the forefront of technology and trying to go to frontier exploration areas and also renewable, so I think what I like in many aspects, so I think the partnership will only get more solid. But that does not mean that we don't have other partners; we have other very important partners also."

Saad Sherida al-Kaabi concluded, "Solar is actually become more efficient and cheaper with time. And maybe the most important for us element is to try and reduce the size of land that you need. You know, Qatar has scarcity of land. It's a very small country. And you can see this is a giant project as far as land. So I think with time, it will shrink the requirement of land."
October 19, 2022 / 8:41 AM

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