Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle Power Plants in Qatar

Ras Abu Fontas B-1
Location: Qatar
Operator: Qatar Electricity and Water Co
Configuration: 5 X 125 MW desalination plant with GT13E2 gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1995-1996
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: ABB, Sadelmi
Quick facts: Weir Westgarth was the lead contractor on the five 6.6 mgd desal modules. In Phase 2, three 165-MW simple-cycle GT13E2 machines were added in 2002.

Photograph courtesy of Sadelmi
Posted 25 Nov 2005


Ras Laffan A
Location: Qatar
Operator: AES Ras Laffan Power Ltd
Configuration: Two 378-MW, desalination combined-cycle blocks with SGT5-4000F gas turbines
Operation: 2004
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: GE, Tosi, Elin
EPC: Enel, TCE Consulting Engineers
Quick facts: On 29 Nov 2004, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, inaugurated Ras Laffan-A, the first independent power and desalination plant in Qatar. The project was a joint venture between AES, Qatar Electricity and Water Co, Qatar Petroleum, and Gulf Investment Corp. Ras Laffan-A has a 25yr PPA with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corp with payment obligations backed by a government guarantee. In addition, the project has a 25yr agreement for natural gas and seawater with Qatar Petroleum. The desalination plant can supply up to 40 mgd.

Photograph courtesy of AES Corp
Posted 3 Mar 2007

Ras Laffan B-2
Location: Qatar
Operator: Q-Power
Configuration: 1,025-MW, 3+2 desalination combined-cycle block with SGT5-4000F gas turbines
Operation: 2007-2008
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens, Doosan, Mott MacDonald
Quick facts: Q-Power is owned by Qatar Electricity & Water Corp (55%), International Power (40%), and Chubu EPC (5%). Lead financing arrangers for the $900mn project were Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Calyon, HSBC, Gulf International Bank, Qatar National Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. A water transmission project pumps potable water to Doha from four 15 mgd multi-stage flash distillers. The site is part of Ras Laffan Industrial City 80km north of Doha which has gas liquefaction, processing and export plants plus petrochem plants and the worlds largest LNG export terminal. Fuel is from the North Field, the largest non-associated gas field in the world.

Photograph courtesy of International Power plc
Posted 2 Sep 2006

Location: Qatar
Operator: Qatar Electricity and Water Co
Configuration: 2 X 67 MW 9001B gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1983
T/G supplier: Alsthom

Quick facts:
In Sep 2001, a consortium led by PSEG Global started construction of a 200-MW gas turbine plant and 132kV transmission systems as part of a 20yr concession -- the first of its kind in the Middle East -- to privatize the Salalah Power System in southern Oman.

Photograph courtesy of Qatar Electricity and Water Co
Posted 25 Oct 2006


Abbreviations:  ADWEA = Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, CC = combined-cycle, GE = General Electric , GT = gas turbine, HRSG = heat recovery steam generator, mgd = million gallons per day, T/G = turbine generator, UAE = United Arab Emirates

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04/05/08