Qatar invests $27bn annually on infrastructure
Work is under way to address water shortages in Qatar, along with major infrastructure spend around the 2022 World Cup tournament
Qatar infrastructure industry and housing has enjoyed an investment of $27bn (QAR100bn) annually, since 2010, according to a minister.
Addressing a conference in Singapore on 13 July, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, minister of municipality and environment, outlined that investments have included a variety of projects, among which were new highways, the development of economic zones and also stadiums and other public infrastructure to host the Qatar World Cup in 2022, QNA reported.
However, Al Rumaihi pointed out that water, development and the environment also remained top priorities for Qatar.
This meant the country must work to find solutions to challenges such as the water shortage and added that Qatar’s water production will reach 500 million gallons a day by 2019.
Qatar water consumption is one of the highest in the world and some media reports suggest that the usage per capita is four times more than that in some European countries.
Work is presently under way to complete Qatar Electricity and Water Company’s $3bn ($11bn) Umm Al Halul Power Plant outside Doha, intended to boost water and electricity production.
Once completed, 2,520 megawatts (MW) of electricity and 136 million gallons of water a day are anticipated production figures.
This amounts to a 22% increase in the current electricity output and a 25% increase in water production.
Figures released by the Permanent Population Committee (PPC) recently show that more than half (54%) of Qatar’s water requirement is met through desalinated water, which is forecast to increase to 58% by 2020, putting further pressure on desalination plants.