Qatar's QEWC signs $450 mln finance deal for desalination plant
DUBAI, Sept 26
DUBAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Qatar Electricity and Water Co. has signed a $450 million financing deal with local banks to fund the construction of a desalination plant which, when completed, will produce 10 percent of the Gulf country's water, the company said on Thursday.
The plant, situated at Ras Abu Fontas to the south of Doha, is scheduled to start operations in June 2015 and will produce 36 million imperial gallons of water per day, according to a statement from the firm.
Qatar National Bank funded $180 million, with three Islamic banks - Barwa Bank, Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank - providing the remaining $270 million on an equal basis through a sharia-compliant facility.
It was the first time that a strategic project in Qatar had been fully funded without any participation from foreign lenders, Khalid Jolo, business development manager at QEWC, said in the statement.
HSBC was financial adviser to the project, while Norton Rose Fulbright and Simmons & Simmons acted as legal advisers to QEWC and the banks respectively. (Reporting by David French; Editing by Greg Mahlich)
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