$14bn electricity and water investment for Qatar
Qatar's electricity and water to receive ten-year World Cup overhaul
The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is to invest US$14 billion in a bid to develop the country’s water and electricity networks ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, The Peninsular has reported.
With demand for water and electricity already growing by 12 and 14 per cent respectively over the last two years, the country’s 10-year plan will focus on developing distribution networks, and increasing production and maintenance of electricity cables and water pipes. It is also to include the establishment of reservoirs with a capacity of nearly two-million gallons, in an effort to supply drinking water through pipelines stretching more than 180km.
The corporation will also explore the potential of developing renewable energy sources in an attempt to reduce the country’s dependence on gas, and also to lessen the environmental impact, reported the Peninsular.
“We have long-term plans to deal with the economic and environmental impact of depending on gas to generate electricity and develop alternative sources like solar energy,” said Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, president of Kahramaa, adding: “In future, we may also use nuclear power as a clean energy.”