French firm wins $268m supply deals for Qatar reservoirs

Saint Gobain PAM to supply pipes for five reservoirs being built to ensure emergency supply of drinking water
French firm wins $268m supply deals for Qatar reservoirs
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By Staff writer
Tue 29 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

French building materials company Saint Gobain PAM has announced that it has won two deals worth €200 million ($268.7 million) to supply pipes for five mega-reservoirs in Qatar.

The products, which will be made by Saint Gobain in France and shipped to Qatar, will be used on Qatar's plan to build five "security mega-reservoirs" across the country to ensure it has an emergency supply of drinking water capable of lasting at least seven days.

The project was initiated by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), with Hyder providing design and site supervision assistance, Construction Week Online reported.

Tenders to build five out of nine proposed reservoirs at Umm Birka, Umm Slal, Al Thumama, Rawdhat Rashid and Abu Nakhla, were floated in April.

The works packages also include materials supply, construction, testing and commissioning of the reservoirs, pipework, mechanical, electrical, ICA (instrumentation, control and automation), civil, structural and architectural works.

Pumping stations are also being built from the Ras Abu Fontas and Facility D desalination plants to the south of Doha to the Ras Laffan desalination plants in the north of Qatar.

The reservoirs are being linked by a 200km-long network of large diameter ring mains.

A fast-track design, procurement and construction sequence has been initiated with a view to the project being completed in 2017.

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