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Qatar begins handing out $4.6bn reservoir deals

Kahramaa starts awarding contracts for mega water infrastructure project.

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Kahramaa HQ in Doha
Kahramaa HQ in Doha

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has started awarding contracts for the QAR 17bn ($4.6bn) strategic mega reservoirs project and the accompanying pipelines at a total capacity of 2.3 billion imperial gallons (MIG).

The projects are part of Qatar's plans to boost strategic water storage facilities and ensure water supply to all areas, a statement said.

In the first phase, the project aims to increase the country's strategic storage of water till 2026. The projects consist of 24 reservoirs of around 100 MIG, making them the largest concrete reservoirs in the world.

They will be constructed in five locations including Um Baraka, Um Salal, Rawdat Rashid, Abu Nakhla, and Al-Thumama. The first phase also covers the installation of 650 km pipelines with large diameters.

The locations of the mega reservoirs are selected near to desalination facilities at Ras Lafan to the north and Ras Abo Fontas to the south and are also connected to the existing water network to meet the rapid population increase.

Of the total QAR17bn contract works, 55% of works will be awarded to Qatari companies. Contracts include excavation and landscape, main pipelines and accompanying pipelines installation, and reservoirs construction.

The designs of the second phase have been developed to meet Qatar requirements up to 2036. It includes 40 reservoirs with a total capacity of 3,800 MIG.

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