21 April 2006 – The Qatar Electricity and Water Company has appointed Mott MacDonald as owner’s engineer for the Ras Abu Fontas B2 (RAF B2) power and water plant.
The $520m project is an extension to the existing B plant located near Doha. It is being constructed to meet Qatar’s increasing power and water demand which is expected to increase by 10 per cent per year for power and 9 per cent per year for water for the next five years.
RAF B, which is being developed by a consortium including GE and FISIA Italimpianti under an engineer, procure and construct contract, will produce 597 MW of electric power from three GE Frame 9FA gas turbines. Two heat recovery boilers will supply steam to two multistage flash distillers enabling them to produce 113.6 million litres of desalinated water per day.
Mott MacDonald’s role involves providing design review and construction monitoring services during construction of the plant and warrantee management services during the three year defects liability period ending in July 2010.
The plant will be completed in time to meet peak demand in 2007.