DOHA, Qatar – The Ras Abu Fontas (RAF) A3 desalination plant expansion has been opened in Qatar and marks the start of the country’s journey to membrane-based potable water production.

Costing QR1.75 billion (US$480.6m), the expansion will enable the production of an additional 164,000 m3/day.

RAF A3 represents Qatar’s first desalination project using seawater reverse osmosis membranes and was awarded to Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation in 2015.

The project was developed under an independent water project (IWP) model with water and power producer Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) for a 25-year period. Utility Kahramaa will then distribute the water.

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