By Staff writer
German firm will deliver a total of 18 substations, some of which will supply power to World Cup 2022 projects
Siemens has been awarded a €470 million ($519.8 million) order by Qatar's state-owned utility Qatar General Water & Electricity Corporation, also known as Kahramaa.
As part of the project to expand Qatar's power distribution network, Siemens will deliver 18 turnkey substations to supply power and help to cater for increasing electricity demand, the German firm said in a statement.
Completion of the project is scheduled for 2017, the company added.
"We are working very closely to support the expansion of Qatar's power distribution network with appropriate equipment and solutions," said Wolfgang Braun, senior executive vice president, Energy Management, Siemens Middle East.
"These are highly challenging infrastructure projects in which a wide assortment from our portfolio of products and systems will be deployed. They are also highly demanding in terms of project management, because several systems will have to be constructed in parallel within a very short time," he added.
The order encompasses the design, engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning of 14 new substations and the extension of four existing substations.
The newly built 400kV Bul Hemmaid substation will be used to transmit power from the independent water and power plant Facility-D into Qatar's power grid. Facility-D, which will be fully operational by 2017, and will have a power generation capacity of 2,400MW and a desalination capacity of 130 million gallons a day of water.
Construction of the 400kV super substation Al Sakhamah, which will feed power to various areas including Lusail Metro in Lusail City, is also part of the contract.
Lusail City will be hosting the inauguration and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup 2022. All substations are required to supply power for ongoing infrastructure development projects, schools, hospitals, and residential complexes for the upcoming World Cup and Qatar's National Vision 2030.