Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC) and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) have entered into a multi-million long-term strategic partnership to produce limestone.
The 25-year agreement starting from the date of production is worth QR8.46mn per year, said a news item posted on the Qatar Exchange. The pact was signed by QNCC GM Mohamed Ali al-Sulaiti and QEWC general manager Fahad H al-Mohannadi.
The agreement pertains to producing limestone locally to be used for water desalination in all the plants owned (fully or partially) by QEWC.
Limestone is one of the essential raw materials being used in the water desalination process.
As per the agreement, QNCC has committed to supplying limestone on a long-term basis to QEWC by building and operating a new production facility in Umm Bab.
“The new facility is expected to be completed by end of 2010 and will supply the total limestone need of the desalination plants (operational and currently under construction),” said a spokesman of QEWC.
The strategic alliance is aimed at lessening extraneous source of raw materials being used in the production and treatment of potable water and is in line with the government and higher authorities’ long term strategies for self –dependency, according to the spokesman.