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Qatar’s Kahramaa awards $535m substation contract to Siemens

German firm to deliver 18 turnkey substations to meet Gulf state’s growing power needs

PHOTO: The project, scheduled for completion in 2017, is part of a wider plan to expand Qatar’s power distribution network. Image for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Shutterstock

Germany’s Siemens has bagged a €470 million ($535.3m) order from the Qatar General Water & Electricity Corporation (Kahramaa) to deliver 18 turnkey substations to cater to increasing power demand.

The project, part of a wider plan to expand Qatar’s power distribution network, is slated for completion in 2017. The order includes the design, engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning of 14 new substations for the 400-kilovolt (kV), 132-kV, 66-kV, and 11-kV voltage levels, including switchgear, transformers, control and protection equipment. Under the contract, Siemens will also carry out the extension of four existing substations, it said in a statement.

The substations, which will be located in and around Doha, are all required to supply power for ongoing infrastructure development projects, schools, hospitals, and residential complexes. Siemens will carry out the order as part of the ongoing Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion – Phase XII. Since the beginning of the program in 2005, Siemens has installed more than 110 substations and approximately 1,400km of high-voltage cable.

“We are very proud that Kahramaa has chosen our solution for Phase XII,” said Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Siemens Energy Management Division.

“This is a highly challenging infrastructure project in which a wide assortment from our portfolio of products and solutions will be installed in parallel within a very short time.”

The newly built 400kV Bul Hemmaid substation will be used to transmit power from the independent water and power plant (IWPP) Facility-D into Qatar’s power grid. Facility-D, which will be fully operational by 2017, will have a power generation capacity of 2,400 megawatts (MW) 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 Primary in Lusail City, is also part of the contract.

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