QEWC ex­pands into global en­ergy mar­kets

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Qatar Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Com­pany (QEWC) at­taches great im­por­tance, in co-op­er­a­tion with the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties, to meet the State of Qatar’s elec­tric­ity and wa­ter needs with­out any po­ten­tial out­age.

The com­pany is work­ing in this frame­work to im­ple­ment many mega pro­jects, most of which are lo­cal pro­jects to meet the State’s re­quire­ments and needs of elec­tric­ity and wa­ter, in ad­di­tion to ex­ter­nal pro­jects that sup­port the in­vest­ment agenda of the com­pany through in­vest­ment arms serv­ing its global ex­pan­sion.

QEWC has achieved many of the achieve­ments and tasks en­trusted to it in this re­gard and it as­pires to achieve more, lo­cally and glob­ally, by in­creas­ing the diver­si­fi­ca­tion of en­ergy pro­duc­tion sources in the State of Qatar and in­creas­ing its share in the global en­ergy mar­kets.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with QNA, QEWC’s gen­eral man­ager and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Fahad bin Ha­mad al-Mo­han­nadi said that the com­pany is im­ple­ment­ing many pro­jects in­side and out­side Qatar.

He pointed out that the pro­jects car­ried out by the com­pany in­side Qatar in­clude the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Umm Al Houl En­ergy Project, which was com­pleted with a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 2,520MW of power and 136.5mn gal­lons of wa­ter daily.

This project is one of the largest in the re­gion and cov­ers about 31% of the elec­tric­ity and 40% of the wa­ter needs of Qatar, al-Mo­han­nadi said, adding that the project was com­pleted on time and within the ex­pected cost. Re­gard­ing over­seas pro­jects, the QEWC’s gen­eral man­ager and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor said Ne­bras Power Com­pany has un­der­taken a num­ber of con­struc­tion pro­jects and acquisition for power plants dis­trib­uted in var­i­ous ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas such as the Sul­tanate of Oman, the Hashemite King­dom of Jor­dan and In­done­sia.

Th­ese plants, he said, use dif­fer­ent types of fu­els, in­clud­ing gas, diesel and so­lar en­ergy, point­ing out that Ne­bras Power has been able to built a power in­vest­ment port­fo­lio of 1,115MW within a short pe­riod.

He also noted that QEWC, in co-op­er­a­tion with the Qatar Gen­eral Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Corp (Kahrama) ), is build­ing elec­tric­ity and wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plants to meet the grow­ing de­mand in con­sump­tion.

The com­pany is also seek­ing to de­velop its ca­pa­bil­i­ties by di­ver­si­fy­ing sources of en­ergy, in­clud­ing re­new­able en­er­gies, such as so­lar en­ergy and waste en­ergy pro­duc­tion, he un­der­lined.

Al-Mo­han­nadi said that the Com­pany, in co-op­er­a­tion with Qatar Petroleum, has es­tab­lished Si­raj So­lar En­ergy com­pany, which in turn in­tends to es­tab­lish the first project to pro­duce elec­tric­ity from so­lar en­ergy, which will be im­ple­mented be­fore 2020 with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 700MW.

This project is one of the largest in the re­gion and is ex­pected to be im­ple­mented in two phases.

The first phase, he said, is ex­pected to be ac­com­plished in December 2020 with an ini­tial pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 350MW of elec­tric­ity, while the sec­ond phase with a ca­pac­ity of 350MW in the fourth quar­ter of 2021.

The com­pany is also ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment to launch a project to con­vert waste into elec­tri­cal en­ergy with a ca­pac­ity of up to 50-200MW, he said. Al-Muhan­nadi stressed that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­jects in the elec­tric­ity and wa­ter pro­duc­tion sec­tor is not af­fected by the un­just siege im­posed on the State, point­ing out that all the tech­niques and equip­ment re­quired to com­plete such pro­jects are im­ported di­rectly from the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, re­fer­ring to Umm Al Houl En­ergy Project, which at the be­gin­ning of the siege was at a com­ple­tion stage of 50% and was fully com­pleted within the spec­i­fied time and cost. In ad­di­tion, he said that the op­er­a­tion of the ex­ist­ing plants also was not af­fected by the un­just siege due to the avail­abil­ity of spare parts in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, and also due to the plants’ de­pen­dence on the liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) which is supplied by Qatar Petroleum, as the State of Qatar is the largest pro­ducer of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas in the world. Al-Mo­han­nadi said the ex­pan­sion achieved dur­ing the im­posed un­just siege in the State of Qatar is di­vided into two sec­tions, in and out­side of Qatar.

The State of Qatar, the com­pany and its af­fil­i­ates con­tin­ued im­ple­ment­ing the set ex­pan­sion plans in ad­vance, and has suc­ceeded na­tion­ally in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and its di­ver­si­fied in­vest­ments, he said.

He added that the com­pany con­tin­ued its con­struc­tion of the Umm Al Houl Power Plant which was launched and op­er­ated at the set dead­line and all the units are op­er­at­ing and be­ing pre­pared for the official launch of the power plant, ex­pected in the first quar­ter of 2019.

The plant is ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing 2,520MW of power and 136.5mn gal­lon drink­ing wa­ter per day and is one of the big­gest pro­jects be­ing im­ple­mented in the re­gion in terms of its dead­line and bud­get.

Al-Mo­han­nadi said for pro­jects out­side of Qatar, Ne­bras Power signed a frame­work agree­ment with In­done­sia’s State Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (PLN) and In­done­sia’s PJB.

The agree­ment in­cludes im­ple­ment­ing a project re­lated to pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity, where Ne­bras Power, in co-op­er­a­tion with its part­ners, will com­plete a project to gen­er­ate elec­tric-

ity us­ing nat­u­ral gas with a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of about 800 megawatt in ad­di­tion to the es­tab­lish­ment of Float­ing Stor­age Re­gasi­fi­ca­tion Unit (FSRU). This was in ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­tat­ing the sup­ply of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) re­quired for the project on the is­land of Su­ma­tra in In­done­sia, alMo­han­nadi said.

Al-Mo­han­nadi added that the com­pany signed a partnership agree­ment with US AES Corp and Ja­pa­nese Mitsui and Co to de­velop a so­lar power plant with a ca­pac­ity of about 40 megawatts in Jor­dan.

Ne­bras En­ergy’s share of the project will be 24% and con­struc­tion of the project will com­mence be­fore the end of 2018, he added. He also touched on a so­lar power plant project the com­pany plans to build and a waste-to-en­ergy plant to pro­vide clean en­ergy in the State.

In this re­gard, he re­ferred to Qatar Petroleum (QP) and QEWC es­tab­lish­ing a joint project to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity from so­lar en­ergy, in which Qatar Petroleum owns 40%, while QEWC owns 60% of the com­pany’s cap­i­tal, and named Si­raj So­lar En­ergy.

Al-Mo­han­nadi said Si­raj So­lar En­ergy comes in com­pli­ance with His High­ness the Amir’s vision to de­velop and di­ver­sify the sources of re­new­able en­ergy.

The com­pany aims to use ecofriendly tech­nolo­gies and in­crease re­liance on re­new­able en­ergy sources.

With re­gards to the waste-to- en­ergy project, al-Mo­han­nadi said a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) has been pre­pared be­tween QEWC and the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment aim­ing to es­tab­lish a com­pany spe­cialised in waste-to- en­ergy with a ca­pac­ity of 50 to 200 megawatts.

He added that the fu­ture in­vest­ment plans of the com­pany keeps up with the grow­ing in­ter­nal de­mand for elec­tric­ity and wa­ter by es­tab­lish­ing high-ca­pac­ity plants and other re­new­able en­ergy plants such as so­lar and waste-to-en­ergy to cre­ate a di­ver­sity of en­ergy sources.

The com­pany also seeks to re­con­struct and de­velop the old Ras Abu Fon­tas plant, to be in line with the global re­quire­ments for en­vi­ron­men­tal and health stan­dards and rais­ing their ther­mal ef­fi­ciency to ex­ploit nat­u­ral gas with the best pos­si­ble ef­fi­ciency.

The com­pany also seeks through its in­vest­ment arm, Ne­bras Power to ex­pand in the global mar­ket.

On the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on the es­tab­lish­ment of Si­raj Power Com­pany, which is spe­cialised in build­ing so­lar power plants, al-Mo­han­nadi said that a 10sq km land plot in ‘Al Kharsaah’ has been al­lo­cated for the project, adding that the area is enough for gen­er­at­ing 750MW of so­lar elec­tric­ity.

With re­gard to the rev­enues achieved by Ne­bras En­ergy, alMo­han­nadi said that the com­pany op­er­ates out­side the State of Qatar and has suc­cess­fully sealed a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional deals with in­ter­na­tional part­ners in the field of en­ergy in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing the acquisition of a 35.5% stake in a power plant in In­done­sia with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 2045MW, a 10% stake in the Sul­tanate of Oman’s Sour Power Plant, which has a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 2000MW and is op­er­ated with nat­u­ral gas and about 24% stake in the East Am­man Power Plant in Jor­dan, which has a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 373MW and also uses nat­u­ral gas.

The com­pany also ac­quired a 24% stake in the IPP4 plant in the King­dom of Jor­dan to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity us­ing nat­u­ral gas and liq­uid fuel with a ca­pac­ity of 240MW.

In ad­di­tion,, through its sub­sidiary Ne­bras En­ergy In­vest­ment Man­age­ment BV, Ne­bras has re­cently signed an agree­ment to ac­quire a 75% stake in Zon Ex­ploitatie Ned­er­land Hold­ing B.V.(ZEN), which owns a num­ber of so­lar plants in the Nether­lands.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions are also un­der­way to com­plete the acquisition of a stake in a power plant in the Tu­nisian Re­pub­lic, he added. More­over, Ne­bras En­ergy and its part­ners have de­vel­oped the largest so­lar power plant in the Hashemite King­dom of Jor­dan, the Shams Ma’an So­lar Power Plant with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 52.5MW.

The com­pany is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a new so­lar power sta­tion in Jor­dan, with a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 40MW. Al-Mo­han­nadi stressed that the Ne­bras En­ergy has man­aged in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod to build an in­vest­ment port­fo­lio of more than 1115MW of elec­tric­ity, stress­ing that the com­pany aims to be one of the lead­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies in the field of de­vel­op­ing elec­tric power and de­sali­na­tion pro­jects out­side the State of Qatar, as it has the nec­es­sary el­e­ments of cap­i­tal and ex­per­tise as well as lo­cal and re­gional sup­port from the State of Qatar and its part­ners in the broth­erly and friendly coun­tries. He pointed out that, from this per­spec­tive, Ne­bras En­ergy is work­ing to ex­pand in the global mar­kets through a num­ber of well-planned pro­jects in ac­cor­dance with the com­pany’s in­vest­ment poli­cies through the de­vel­op­ment of pro­jects as well as the acquisition of stakes in ex­ist­ing pro­jects in dif­fer­ent re­gions of the world, and is keen to di­ver­sify into ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas with tar­geted in­vest­ment.

The com­pany is fo­cus­ing on eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally sta­ble coun­tries which ap­ply laws to reg­u­late for­eign in­vest­ment. He said that Ne­bras En­ergy has been in­volved in sev­eral es­tab­lish­ment and acquisition op­er­a­tions for power gen­er­a­tion plants in var­i­ous geo­graphic re­gions such as Oman, Jor­dan, In­done­sia and re­cently in the Nether­lands. Th­ese sta­tions are op­er­ated with dif­fer­ent types of fu­els, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional as well as re­new­able en­ergy sources, al-Mo­han­nadi added point­ing out that Ne­bras is cur­rently study­ing the de­vel­op­ment of some en­ergy pro­jects in North Africa and South Amer­ica as well as South­east Asia. He pointed out that Ne­bras En­ergy aims in the next ten years to have more than 9 GW of en­ergy pro­jects op­er­at­ing with dif­fer­ent types of fu­els such as nat­u­ral gas and re­new­able en­er­gies.

The com­pany also aims to in­crease the pro­por­tion of re­new­able en­ergy of dif­fer­ent types in its port­fo­lio of in­vest­ment to 30% of the to­tal en­ergy pro­duc­tion. Al-Mo­han­nadi said that the QEWC works, in co-op­er­a­tion with Kahra­maa, to pro­vide elec­tric­ity and potable wa­ter to meet the needs of the coun­try through­out the year, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod, while pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate spare ca­pac­ity for any emer­gency that can af­fect gen­er­a­tors sup­ply­ing the net­work with elec­tric­ity or dis­til­lates pro­duc­ing drink­ing wa­ter to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of elec­tric­ity and de­sali­nated wa­ter through­out the year.

He pointed out that the QEWC is also do­ing the pe­ri­odic main­te­nance re­quired for all pro­duc­tion equip­ment an­nu­ally be­fore the sum­mer pe­riod to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and wa­ter pro­duc­tion with­out in­ter­rup­tion dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod, in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing all spare parts re­quired.

Re­gard­ing the im­por­tance given by QEWC to safety and se­cu­rity records, al-Mo­han­nadi said the com­pany has won nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional awards from rep­utable in­sti­tu­tions such as Rospa or­gan­i­sa­tion, the best man­age­ment awards such as the Best Arab Com­pany in the En­ergy Sec­tor 2017, and the Best Arab man­age­ment Team in the En­ergy Sec­tor 2017 within the Best Arab Awards, the sec­ond edi­tion of which was held at Mar­rakesh in the King­dom of Morocco. The com­pany was able to gain the con­fi­dence of the Board of Directors and key lo­cal part­ners, and gained a good rep­u­ta­tion abroad among global part­ners and fi­nanciers, he said. On the progress made in the con­struc­tion of Lu­sail Tower, an in­vest­ment of the com­pany, al-Mo­han­nadi stated that a con­sul­tant has been ap­pointed from the best in­ter­na­tional ex­pert houses to su­per­vise the project, adding the ex­te­rior de­sign of the build­ing, which con­sists of two tow­ers, was com­pleted.

One of the two tow­ers is a 28-floor ho­tel and the other is 48-floor build­ing that will be used as the premises of the QEWC and its sub­sidiaries, while the re­main­ing space will be rented such as com­mer­cial of­fices and a con­fer­ence cen­tre as well as a com­mer­cial com­plex and un­der­ground car park­ing in the first three floors.

The drilling and foun­da­tion con­tract was awarded on 13 May 2018 and all con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to be com­pleted and the project in­au­gu­rated dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of 2022 in prepa­ra­tion for the World Cup.

The QEWC official stressed the com­pany’s in­ter­est in achiev­ing syn­ergy among dif­fer­ent de­part­ments, not­ing in this re­gard that the com­pany has es­tab­lished a staff re­la­tions com­mit­tee to re­view the ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sions re­gard­ing all de­part­ments to en­sure their im­ple­men­ta­tion and to pro­vide em­ploy­ees with an op­por­tu­nity to present their sug­ges­tions to im­prove the work of the com­pany, al­low ad­min­is­tra­tions to know the ac­tiv­i­ties of other de­part­ments and iden­tify the ob­sta­cles faced.

The com­pany also works on mo­ti­vat­ing em­ploy­ees who have achieved out­stand­ing per­for­mance in three con­sec­u­tive years, in ad­di­tion to hon­our­ing se­nior em­ploy­ees.

The QEWC is also in­ter­ested in or­gan­is­ing events on all oc­ca­sions for its staff and en­sur­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion along with their fam­i­lies.

The staff re­la­tions com­mit­tee also su­per­vises and fol­lows up the train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of Qatari em­ploy­ees and their pro­mo­tions.

The State of Qatar, QEWC and its af­fil­i­ates con­tin­ued im­ple­ment­ing ex­pan­sion plans in ad­vance, and has suc­ceeded na­tion­ally in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and its di­ver­si­fied in­vest­ments

Al-Mo­han­nadi: Out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

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