Umm al Haul is Qatar’s first big power and desalination project in five years. The project aims to develop the electricity and water utility sectors in the country, as well as increase foreign and local investments in the same two sectors.

State-owned Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and partners have started site work on the first major power and desalination plant to be sanctioned in Qatar in more than five years. The plant is expected to cost QR11bn ($3.02bn) and to reach...