Qatar to upgrade water networks

Kahramaa to invest US $63 million on 840km of pipelines

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  April 29, 2006

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is planning to replace 840km of water networks at a cost of US $63 million (QR230 million). “Diameters of networks to be extended are between 100 and 1,400mm, and we plan to replace about 765km of old network lines of different sizes and diameters in the near future,” said Khalid Abdullah Al Mansouri, manager of water networks affairs at Kahramaa. There are also proposals to replace networks installed before 1980, including asbestos-made pipelines. “The number of networks to be replaced for technical reasons has increased in number, equal to the previous replacement plan, to suit the development processes in all parts of the network,” he said. The replacement work is being carried out in order to increase network efficiency and cut down on water wastage going down the drain, and an overall improvement in the quality of water. Another aspect of the improvement of the country’s water network is a bid to bring the number of water tankers down to a minimum. “This has resulted in shutting down filling stations for tankers, among which was the Abu Samra station,” said Abdullah. “We are now in the process of closing the Umm Said station, and after transferring the tankers to the Wakrah station, we will leave it [Umm Said] to serve industries and emergency cases.” Eighty per cent of the tankers from the Al Gharaffa station have also been transferred to Umm Salal. “We are working on an ambitious plan to fill in gaps in the network by connecting it to a circular network. “Therefore, those customers near the network will be connected, and consequently, the tanker service in and around Doha will cease in the next two years,” he added.

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