Qatar will continue to rely heavily on independent water and power producers (IWPPs) in the medium term for enhancing capacity, Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (Apicorp) has said.
"In the medium term, the country will rely on IWPPs to add capacity and has recently sanctioned two new projects that will add nearly 4.5GW," it said in a report.
Umm Al-Houl IWPP is a major project with a capacity of 2.5GW at an estimated cost of $3bn. It will follow the IPP model and will be developed by a consortium of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (60%), K1 Energy (30%), Qatar Petroleum (5%) and Qatar Foundation (5%).
Observing that Qatar is pursuing its own programme; Apicorp said most power generation comes from IWPPs and IPPs (independent power producers) but with QEWC holding majority shares.
The last project to come on line, Ras Laffan C, was an IWPP owned by QEWC and QP (60%) and an Engie-led consortium (40%) - operating under a 25-year power purchase agreement.