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Total to jointly build 800-MW solar farm in Qatar

Total SA agreed to build the 800-MW Al Kharsaah solar project, near Qatar's capital city, Doha, in association with Japan's Marubeni Corp.

The French oil major secured the project in Qatar's first solar tender, according to a Jan. 20 news release. A first stage, capable of producing 350 MW, will be completed by 2021, while the full project is slated for completion by 2022.

The facility will be developed by Siraj 1 SPV, which is 40% owned by Total and Marubeni, which have 49% and 51% stakes in their joint venture. The remaining 60% will be held by Siraj Energy, which is jointly owned by Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C.

The solar farm has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Kahramaa, which operates Qatar's electricity grid.