QatarEnergy awards EPC contract to Samsung C&T for IC Solar project


Samsung C&T has won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract from QatarEnergy for its industrial cities solar power project (IC Solar), reported TradeArabia.

The project includes two photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants to produce 875MW of electricity.

The plants will be constructed in Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC) and Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC).

These facilities are anticipated to begin power generation by the end of 2024.

The Minister of State for Energy Affairs and QatarEnergy president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi was quoted by the media outlet as saying: “This IC Solar project is a major step in the implementation of our strategy to diversify Qatar’s energy resources and to increase the reliance on high-efficiency renewable energy, which is a cornerstone for a sustainable future.

“It also reaffirms our commitment towards delivery on QatarEnergy’s Sustainability Strategy and our mid-term target of having 5 GW of solar generated power by 2035.

“It also gives me great pleasure that this landmark project marks the first investment for our newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary, QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions, which will invest in and hold all our renewables and other sustainable initiatives going forward.”

This utility-scale solar project will be the second in Qatar.

Besides the Al Kharsaa Solar PV Power Plant, which is now being constructed, the IC Solar project will enhance the country’s renewable energy generation capacity to 1.67GW by 2024.

The IC Solar project will deploy bifacial modules mounted on single-axis trackers and cleaning robots to cut down losses because of dust from the PV modules.

The project’s power production capacity will be distributed between the two industrial towns – MIC and RLIC.

MIC will feature a 417MW plant, while RLIC will have a 458MW plant.

Over its lifetime, the $630m IC Solar project will reduce direct emissions of above 28 million tonnes of CO2.
Image: The project includes two solar power plants to produce 875MW of electricity. Credit: StockSnap from Pixabay.

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