Qatar lays Mega Reservoirs foundation stone
Prime minister formally inaugurates $4.7bn water project.
Qatar has laid the foundation stone for the QAR 17bn ($4.7bn) Mega Reservoirs Project.
The ceremony at Umm Salal Ali about 40km from Doha was attended by a number of ministers and dignitaries including HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at Al Mazrouah.
The function was held at a site close to where the excavation for the gigantic project commenced a little over a year ago.
One of five mega reservoirs to be set up in the country, the reservoir in Al Marzouah is part of Qatar's overall push to provide adequate water reserves for the country. The project is expected to be fully commissioned by the middle of 2018.
Work on other reservoirs will be taken up in coming months in Umm Birka, Rawdat al Rashed, Abu Nakhla and Al Thumama, Dr Mohamed Saleh al-Sada said.
Each of the giant concrete reservoirs has the capacity to hold 100 million imperial gallons of water (454,000 cubic metres).
Qatari companies will account for over half the contractors to work on the project which includes four bulk earthwork contracts, seven pipeline contracts, three reservoir site contracts, and SCADA contract.