WINNER GCC POWER & WATER PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Mesaieed A, Independent Power Project
Client: Mesaieed Power Company
Main contractor: Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion
Description: One of the biggest projects in the region, Mesaieed A has the capacity to supply electricity to a large percentage of the industrial and residential areas of Qatar. As such, it is considered vital to the country’s growing population. At the most critical stage of the project, 5,300 people were employed, contributing directly to the growth of Qatari businesses. The aim of the power plant is not only to supply the nation, but also to sell electricity to other GCC states. During the construction of Mesaieed A, two environmental factors were considered. Biophysical impact was limited, with supervision of the coastal ecosystem, including standards to mitigate water pollution. Social considerations including noise control and measurement of air pollution were also addressed, the latter being treated and reduced to standards set by the Environment Ministry.
High-voltage Substations for the Nad al-Sheba Race Course at Meydan
Entrant: Emirates Electrical Engineering
Client: Meydan City Corporation, Dubai
End user: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa)
Main contractor: Emirates Electrical Engineering
Architect: TAK Design Consultants
Description: Architecture was key to the design of this project to deliver electricity at the iconic Meydan race course in Dubai. Ensuring that the building housing the substations fitted perfectly with the surrounding structures and complemented the race course was central to the project brief. This meant a high degree of collaboration between the main contractor and the many other stakeholders involved in the development of this major sporting venue. A workforce of 60 engineers, supported by up to 400 inter-agency multi-disciplined staff, completed this project in the fastest time for any substation under Dewa mandate.
West Bay Transmission Project, Doha
Entrant: Mott MacDonald
Client: Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA)
Lead consulting engineer: Mott MacDonald
Main contractors: Areva T&D, Siemens, ABB
Architects: AEB, KEO International Consultants
Description: The project brief to distribute power to 150 towers in the West Bay area of Doha meant the establishment of a major power supply grid. The project’s success depended on direct liaison with the various contractors responsible for delivering the high-rise towers. Coordination and collaboration were essential and the lead consultant in the process managed the tendering and communication to achieve the goals of all parties involved. A negative aesthetic impact was avoided with forward planning to ensure the architecture and design were in line with the proposed towers. This was achieved through a competition judged by His Highness the Emir of Qatar.