Kahramaa plans ten-year, $19bn expansion
Kahramaa expands power generation, water networks over next decade
The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is to spend $19billion on expanding its power and water generation, electricity and water networks in the coming decade.
Speaking at the Qatar Projects 2011 conference organised by MEED, Eng Saad Ahmed Al Mohannadi, technical affairs director at Kahramaa, said the expected investment in electricity network projects over the next ten years was $8.24billion, and water network projects was $6billion.
“This is a significant growth initiative to meet the unprecedented economic and infrastructural growth in Qatar,” said Al Mohannadi.
Projects included construction of a number of large reservoirs of 1,902MIGD (million gallons per day) capacity and transmission pipeline ranging in size from 1,200mm and 2,88mm diameter, with an approximate length of 183km.
Kahramaa is currently carrying out two pilot projects, the first involving the installation of 12,000 electricity meters and 8,000 water meters at the West Bay and Airport areas. This contract is expected to be awarded by April. If successful, the pilot project will extended to cover the whole of Qatar.
The second project is for water production technology without additional power generation, with a capacity of 5MIGD. This is expected to be operational by 2012.
Al Mohannadi added that while Kahramaa was investing heavily in traditional power generation, it also had plans to look to renewable energy to meet some of the demand, in particular solar and wind energy.