Qatari state-owned petroleum company QatarEnergy has awarded a contract to South Korean engineering and construction firm Samsung C&T to build its industrial cities solar power project (IC Solar) worth QR2.3bn ($630.33m).

The contract is for the construction of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with a combined clean power generation capacity of 875MW.

Samsung C&T will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the solar power plants, which are planned to be commissioned by the end of 2024.

The firm will build a 417MW solar PV plant in Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC), as well as a solar PV facility in Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) with 458MW of capacity.

The contract has been awarded by QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions, a newly formed wholly owned affiliate of QatarEnergy.

Qatari Energy Minister and QatarEnergy president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “This IC Solar project is a major step in the implementation of our strategy to diversify Qatar’s energy resources and to increase the reliance on high-efficiency renewable energy, which is a cornerstone for a sustainable future.

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“It also reaffirms our commitment towards delivery on QatarEnergy’s Sustainability Strategy and our mid-term target of having 5GW of solar-generated power by 2035.”

The IC Solar project will increase Qatar’s renewable energy generation capacity to 1.68GW by 2024 in combination with the Al Kharsaa Solar PV Power Plant, which is currently under construction.

QatarEnergy said the IC Solar project will feature bifacial modules mounted on single-axis trackers, as well as cleaning robots.

In a statement, QatarEnergy said: “The output of both plants will contribute to the reduction of QatarEnergy’s GHG footprints from its facilities in RLIC and MIC, most notable its NFE and NFS LNG expansion projects, in addition to expanding grid capacity in other locations.”