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ECQ starts search for hardware partner

Qatar’s oil and gas hub Energy City Qatar (ECQ) is looking for a partner to work with it on the IT infrastructure of its multi-billion dollar development project.

Qatar’s oil and gas hub Energy City Qatar (ECQ) is looking for a partner to work with it on the IT infrastructure of its multi-billion dollar development project.

“We are tendering now for the IT and other infrastructures. We are doing the pre-qualification and will decide in June who will do the infrastructure,” Hesham Al Emadi, ECQ’s acting CEO told IT Weekly in an exclusive interview. ECQ already has partnerships with Cisco and Microsoft.

Mark Fuller, director of IT at ECQ, added that a significant part of the project would be outsourced.

“We are not going to build a big IT department within Energy City, we’re going to look at outsourcing,” he said. “From a strategic point we will define the architectures and then we will outsource provision and delivery of that type of service or system.”

Some 20,000 business users and 10,000 residents are expected to use ECQ, which is part of a massive city development in the new city of Lusail, north of Doha.

Cisco worked on the IT infrastructure design of the US$2.6 billion energy hub and will also be supplying some network components and security equipment. Microsoft is collaborating with ECQ on the development of its digital city project — expected to be ready by 2010.

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