By Andy Sambidge
Larsen & Toubro is hired to build 18 substations to support Gulf state's plan to increase capacity
India's Larsen & Toubro has won a $473m contract to build substations in Qatar as the Gulf state looks to increase capacity amid a construction boom.
The company said in a statement that its power transmission and distribution business has secured the deal from Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation, also known as Kahramaa.
The contract is for the supply, construction and commissioning of 18 substations and 151km of cabling, part of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion – Phase XI – Stage I project.
The company added that the contract is the single largest order for the unit.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 22 months with the substations being built to augment the existing power system network to cater to growing infrastructure facilities.
SN Subrahmanyan, senior executive vice president (Infrastructure & Construction), L&T said: "This order, won against stiff global competition reconfirms L&T’s leadership position in this sector at GCC. It also aligns well with L&T’s expansion plans in the international arena.”
L&T is Indian equivalent of Bechtel or Halliburton. Its famed engineering capability has earned it respect both at home and overseas. The company is well positioned to take off in the region with projects like Dubai Expo 2020 and Qatar 2022 set to transform the Middle East.