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Kahramaa tests substations

The substations have been designed to fit in with the architecture of Doha’s West Bay zone.

Qatar's General Electricity and Water Corporation, Kahramaa, is in the final stages of commissioning its new, aesthetic substations in the West Bay zone of Doha.

Kahramaa has built nine new substations to supply 720 MVA of electricity to the 180 high-rise towers planned for the area.

The power provider said the substations had been designed to fit in with the architecture of the West Bay. Two substations have been built to serve as multi-story car parks as well.

Last year, Kahramaa announced it was improving the exterior of 35 substations in Doha in order to make them more harmonious with their surroundings. It said Qatari Riyal 100 million (US $27 million) had been set aside for the project.

Under the scheme, a Chinese fine art team was commissioned to draw mural paintings inspired by scenes from Qatar's environment on the substation walls.

Meanwhile, according to local media reports, Kahramaa has shuttered its Ras Abu Aboud power and water desalination plant.

The facility had been in service for around 45 years. During that time, the plant produced around 30 billion KW of electricity and 210 billion gallons of water.

Ras Abu Aboud was the first power and water desalination plant to be built in Qatar.

The facility had an initial capacity of 30 MW of electricity. After several expansions, its capacity climbed to 200 MW and 16 million gallons of water per day.

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