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Reservoir project "fundamental to future of Qatar"

Construction of record-breaking project to begin middle of next year

Hyder's Sir Alan Thomas and HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, sign the five mega reservoir deal
Hyder's Sir Alan Thomas and HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, sign the five mega reservoir deal

Hyder Consulting, which has been appointed by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) to oversee the construction of five mega reservoirs near Doha, has described the project as “fundamental to the future of Qatar”.

Speaking to Construction Week following a project unveiling ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Neil Kemble, Managing Director of Hyder’s MER Utilities Group said:

“At the moment there is some [water] storage, but there is not a lot. This project is designed to give a lot of resilience to the system, as in other countries, where there are natural reservoirs. The scale of this project is just huge.”

The project will entail the construction of five mega-reservoir sites, with each reservoir site comprising up to ten reservoir modules.

The reservoirs will be of such magnitude that they would be able to hold the Rome Coliseum, Sydney's Opera House, or six A340 planes.

The reservoirs will be around 200 metres in diameter, 12 metres deep, and storing 73 million imperial gallons, which is approximately twice the size of the largest tanks ever built.

The project will also involve the construction of around 200km of 2m diameter ring mains.

Sir Alan Thomas, Chairman of Hyder Consulting, said that the project was key to Hyder extending its presence in Qatar.

“It is a pretty exciting project in the water sector with some unusual characteristics, scale being one of them, water supply security being another important factor, as well as timetable,” he added.

Delivering the project on time is expected to be a major challenge as Hyder has just eight months to complete the design stage, while construction of the project is set for three years.

Following the design process, Hyder plan to put out tenders in mid-December 2012, with four months set aside for the tender period, and a further two months for evaluation, before construction begins in the middle of 2013.

According to KAHRAMAA, the construction cost of the five reservoir farms will be between $1.92bn (QAR $7bn) and $2.7bn ($10bn).

It is hoped that the experience and expertise involved in constructing the unprecedented water project can be utilised throughout the wider GCC.

Maher Chatila, Hyder’s Qatar Manager, said: “We are taking the initiative to contact [other GCC] municipalities as we progress in our design with KAHRAAMA, just to take our project on the road and show other municipalities what Qatar has done. Hopefully this will increase the storage capacity for the GCC, increase it to something within international standards.”

The KAHRAAMA Doha project is in response to the huge increase in water demand in Qatar as it undergoes an infrastructure and development transformation.

Current demand stands at 250m gallons per day, which will rise to 400m gallons in 2022, and 440m gallons in 2026.

The project is designed to support a population of 3.4 million, although Doha's population as of 2011 was just over 1 million, with Qatar's entire population in 2011 at 1.7 million.

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