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Emergency reservoir for Qatar

Qatar announces two billion-gallon reservoir as emergency supply

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Qatar announces it will build a two billion-gallon reservoir to supplu country in emergency. (Getty Images)
Qatar announces it will build a two billion-gallon reservoir to supplu country in emergency. (Getty Images)

Qatar is to embark on a $2.7 billion project to secure its fresh water in an emergency situation, by building a giant reservoir to hold enough water to last the country seven days.

With 99 per cent of the country’s water fresh water sourced from desalination plants, any disruption to the supply could be catastrophic, a Dow Jones report has said.

Samuel Cisuk, senior Middle East and North Africa analyst at consultancy HIS Energy, said: “Power plants are strategic targets in war-like situations. There are other problems, too – what happens if there was a major oil spill off the coast of Abu Dhabi? That could be damaging for water intake at desalination plants.”

With demand for desalinated water expected increase by almost a quarter by the end of next year, there’s an emphasis in the region to ensure that supplies are protected. The 1.9 billion gallon reservoir is still in the design stage, and Kahramaa is expected to tender the main construction contract early next year.
 

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