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French firm wins deal to clean up Qatar lagoon

Egis is hired to rehabilitate Al Karaana lagoon which is raising serious environmental problems

French firm wins deal to clean up Qatar lagoon

French engineering group Egis has announced it has been hired to rehabilitate a lagoon near Doha which is raising serious environmental problems.

Egis said it has been awarded a contract to clean up the Al Karaana lagoon, which is located in the Al Rayyan region, west of Doha.

The lagoon covers more than 4 sq km and is raising serious environmental problems, Egis said in a statement, adding that almost 60,000 cubic metres of untreated wastewater per day is discharged onto this site, causing the contamination of the water table by infiltration, producing foul odours and creating safety risks connected with the transport of sewage.

The Public Works Authority of Qatar, also known as Ashghal, awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to rehabilitate the lagoon.

Ashgal has called for the eradication of the lagoon and the site’s comprehensive overhaul, in continuance of the measures taken to date to mitigate its environmental impact.

Teams from Egis will be tasked with identifying and qualifying the lagoon’s waters and sludge in order to appreciate the contamination of the water table and evacuate this waste to the appropriate treatment processes.

They will carry out the design of the wastewater treatment and the soil and water table decontamination, write the tender documentation, perform the design review of the plans and documents submitted by the selected contractor, and finally supervise the works.

Egis said it will be on site for 23 months to address the environmental impact and then redevelop the site and convert it for new uses.

The contract follows one awarded to Egis a few weeks ago for the extension of the Doha West waste water treatment and recycling plant.

"The contract further bolsters Egis’ position in Qatar, where the group generated almost 33 million euros of turnover in 2014 from its contributions to a large number of infrastructure projects," Egis said.

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