Contracts worth QR7.5bn to develop the electricity network in Qatar

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) yesterday signed a slew of contracts worth QR7.5bn  to develop the electricity network.

The contracts, ranging between QR26mn and QR1.5bn, have been awarded to 13 companies for undertaking as many as 25 works related to Phase 11 – Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion Plan.

Together with the new projects, works amounting to a total of nearly QR13bn are in different phases of execution in the electricity sector.

HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada handed over contract documents to  representatives of the companies concerned at a meeting chaired by Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari.

Speaking on the occasion,  al-Sada urged the companies executing major projects in the country to ensure their completion on schedule, without making any compromises in the quality of their work.

“Works close to QR50bn were either executed or in the process of being executed in the last five years and works amounting to about QR30bn will be awarded in the next three to four years in the utilities sector,” al-Sada said.

The works awarded yesterday included extension and upgrading of the country’s electricity network, building several sub-stations, laying of high-voltage cables and dismantling of some old overhead lines across the country.

“The new projects falling under this phase are vital for the country as they include construction and upgrading to be carried out in areas where  massive developments like New Doha Port and Doha Metro are being built,” the minister said.

The companies which signed the contracts with Kahramaa yesterday were Elsewedy Cables, Gulfar Al Misnad, LS Cable, National Contracting Company, Prysmian Powerlink, Siemens AG & Siemens WLL consortium, ETA Star International, ABB LLC, Taihan Electric Wire, Energoprojeck Entel, Larsen & Toubro, Mott MacDonald and Alstom.

Kahramaa also signed a contract with Qatar International Cable Company at the ceremony. It was a two-year call-off agreement worth nearly half-a-billion for the supply of cables. The contract is for stage two of the Phase 11 expansion and development programme of Qatar’s electricity network, said a Kahramaa official.

At the same meeting , Kahramaa  announced agreements for consultancy services with two firms for stage one of Phase 11. The companies are EDF and Alstom Grid. The consultancy services for the second stage of the Phase 11 will be awarded later.

The contracts of the first stage will see the commissioning of  of 32 substations. Work covers laying of cables covering a distance of approximately 948.6km. It also includes the removal of nearly 43km of overhead lines in different parts of Doha and its neighbourhood.

The contracts in the second stage of Phase 11 will see the commissioning of 20 substations. Besides, new cables totalling to a distance of  82.1km will be laid and 54.5km of overhead line will be dismantled.

It was announced at the meeting that all works are expected to be commissioned between 16 and 44 months from the day of starting.

Speaking later,  al-Kuwari said the signing of contracts was in line with Kahramaa’s mission  to provide  quality electricity and water services and is in line with the company’s commitment towards Qatar National Vision 2030 and Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016.