Maskar, a 7,760 square meter processing plant, Qatar Friendship Fund's first mega-project, is breaking new ground in terms of design, technology and energy conservation. This reflects Qatar Friendship Fund's commitment to setting global benchmarks in its support efforts to those affected by the Great East Tsunami and Massive Earthquake of 2011.
The plant's design employs several counter-Tsunami innovations and energy efficient features. This includes a first level constructed on a stilted structure so that water passes through, a second level to house refrigeration equipment that can store up to 6,000 tons of goods and a third level that is elevated above Tsunami level forming a community evacuation area. The design also incorporates energy saving features that include photovoltaic roof panels. Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity and is advantageous as it uses renewable energy. In terms of Maskar this is is particularly beneficial as the plant has the capability of functioning independently if external electricity is compromised after natural disasters such as Tsunamis or Earthquakes.