RAF A3 station opens in Qatar; desalination uses reverse osmosis

The opening and operation of the Ras Abu Fontas (RAF) A3 station in the given time and within the expected budget confirms Qatar's water and electricity companies' role in contributing to achieving water security in the country.


Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said at the inauguration RAF A3 represents a leap in the quality of water production using reverse osmosis (RO) technology, which is low-cost and independent from the electricity generation process.

RO is also environment-friendly since it has no heating effect on seawater as opposed to the traditional process of water production using thermal distillers.


The expansion is set to provide 36 million gallons of desalinated water per day and RAF’s production will cover 60% of the country’s requirements of water. Al Sada said when the Umm Al Houl station becomes functional later this year, production using RO technology would reach 100 million gallons of desalinated water per day.

Electricity production in Qatar would increase from 8,600MW to more than 11,000MW in one year, as well as more that 530 million gallons of desalinated water daily, once full production of Umm Al Houl station is counted during the second quarter of 2018.




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