Qatari water project costs likely to increase

Cost of project to build 20 reservoirs may overrun by 15 per cent

Initial cost of the project was estimated at US$3bn
Initial cost of the project was estimated at US$3bn

The cost of the project to build over 20 huge reservoirs at five strategic sites, is likely to overrun by up to 15 per cent from the initial estimates of US $3bn, a senior official of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said.

This could be due to increasing cost of raw materials, including sand, cement, bitumen, said Mohammed Salme Al Mansoori, manager, Water Projects Department, Technical Affairs at Kahramaa.

“As a lot of big projects, including those of Qatar Rail and Ashghal, are going on simultaneously, keeping prices under control will be very challenging. So a rise in prices is expected to continue until 2017," Al Mansoori.

Kahramaa is to build four to five reservoirs in Umm Birka, Umm Slal, Rawdat Rashed, Abu Nakla and Umm Thumama, and they will be adjacent to Qatar National Utility Corridor from Ras Laffan to Ras Abu Fontas.

Both areas, which house most of water desalination plants, will be connected with a network of about 470km long pipelines from generation sources to reservoirs and an additional 100km of new transmission mains (total 570km). The diameter of these pipelines will be up to 1.6m.

“The project is the first of its kind in the world, which will have the world’s largest man-made reservoirs providing water security in case of emergency in the Arabian Gulf,” said Al Mansoori.



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