Hitachi ABB Power Grids wins renewable energy grid solution contract in Qatar

Al Kharsaah photovoltaic (PV) power plant will help diversify Qatar’s energy mix and reduce emissions

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has won a grid solution contract that will see Qatar’s national grid increase the integration of renewable energy from the 800MW Al Kharsaah photovoltaic (PV) power plant.

The power plant is Qatar’s first large-scale solar power generation project.

Scheduled for partial commissioning in Q2 2021, the Al Kharsaah PV plant is said to be key to achieving a carbon neutral power system, by integrating renewables as outlined in the Qatar National Vision, where the country – by 2030 – aims to advance and sustain its development and provide a high standard of living for all of its people.

“Our pioneering technologies and global experience will help Qatar to diversify its power generation resources by safely and securely integrating utility-scale solar power generation into its grid. Hitachi ABB Power Grids will help Qatar maximising renewable energy penetration and increasing the operational and maintenance efficiency of this ground-breaking project,” said Mostafa AlGuezeri, managing director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in the UAE, Gulf, Near East and Pakistan.

As part of the agreement with PowerChina Guizhou Engineering and leveraging its integration capabilities and grid code requirement know-how, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will provide a fully engineered 220kV grid connection solution, which includes detailed engineering and equipment, in line with local requirements and standards, said the company in a statement.

This is a fundamental pillar in supporting the customer to successfully develop the region’s largest solar power infrastructure project for clean energy generation, the company explained.

Al Kharsaah will drive big changes in the region’s electricity sector, diversifying Qatar’s energy mix and reducing emissions, concluded AlGuezeri.

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