France’s Total partners in Qatari solar energy project

PARIS, French oil giant Total announced Monday it had signed an agreement with Qatar to become a partner in the development of a 800 megawatt solar energy plant to be located around 80 kilometres from the capital, Doha.

A statement from Total indicated that the company had been retained for the Al-Kharsaah project and it would have 49 percent of a consortium linking it with Japan’s Marubeni, with 51 percent.

It is the first solar tender by Qatar and Total said it would be a large-scale undertaking in which it was happy to be a pioneer.

“This project further strengthens our long-term partnership with Qatar in oil, natural gas, refining and petrochemicals and expands it to include renewable energy,” Total said.

Energy from the solar project is first expected on line in 2021 and it will eventually supply industry, services and individuals in the country.

Full capacity from the plant is expected in 2022 and its operation will positively contribute to reducing the energy carbon footprint and reduce CO2 emissions as it will provide around 10 percent of peak electricity demand when up and running.

Source: Kuwait News Agency