Qatar’s water security programme gets a boost with French building materials company Saint Gobain PAM signing two deals worth €200mn to supply pipes for five mega-reservoirs in the country.
An announcement posted on the French multinational corporation’s website said the contracts involved the supply of large diameter pipes, fittings and valves, which will be mainly manufactured in France.
“The contracts are part of the ‘Security Mega Reservoirs’ project managed by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), which aims to provide the country with a seven-day emergency supply of drinking water,” it added.
Saint Gobain has signed the close to a billion-riyal agreement with Al Jaber Engineering, one of the major contractors of the multi-billion riyal project.
The reservoirs will be among the biggest in the region with a capacity to hold water for the whole country for several days in case of any emergency. The mega storage facilities will be based in Umm Birka, Umm Salal, Al Thumama, Rawdhat Rashid and Abu Nakhla. The reservoirs will have an integrated network to link Doha with different parts of the country.
The project is proposed to be completed in two phases. The first is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016 and the facility will have a capacity to meet Qatar’s piped water demand for seven days, in the event of an emergency. The second phase will commence shortly after the commissioning of the initial phase and is expected to be completed by 2020.
Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada said the ongoing Tarsheed campaign for the conservation and efficient use of energy and water has helped the country reduce consumption substantially in the past one year.
He pointed out that there had been a 10% reduction in the consumption of electricity and 6% in water in 2013-14 compared to the previous year.
Water is a key issue in Gulf states where most supplies come from desalination facilities. The region generates about 40% of total desalinated water in the world.