By Sean Cronin
Qatar prepares for massive spending spree on utilities
Qatar is getting ready to spend US $1.6 billion (QR5.8bn) on water and electricity infrastructure projects over the next four years.
Details of the plan for 2005-2009 have been revealed by the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
Vice chairman, Essa Shaheen Al Ghanem, said that Qatar’s utilities construction programme will include 55 new electricity stations.
Several new water mains distribution networks are also scheduled to be built.
The capacity of electricity sub-stations will be increased by 60% over the planned period.
The lion’s share of the work will go to the electricity network, which has a budget of approximately $1 billion for ongoing projects.
Qatar’s water sector has been allocated around $400 million, which includes projects such as the 88 km Ras Laffan Bpipeline that will carry potable water to areas including Gharafa, Duhail and Salwa. There are already 12 major electricity projects ongoing in the country.