Qatar plans groundwater scheme

18 June 2015

Consultants sought to design groundwater production wells

  • Bids for consultancy deal due in by 20 August
  • Project will involve installation of brackish water reverse osmosis units

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is seeking consultants to assist with the design and execution of groundwater production wells as part of the country’s efforts to improve water security.

Kahramaa has invited firms to submit bids by 20 August for the consultancy contract.

The work will involve providing consultancy services for the design and development of groundwater production wells, water towers and the installation of brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) units for emergency purposes.

Desalination accounts for more than 99 per cent of water supplies in Qatar, and so far in 2015, Kahramaa has awarded contracts as part of its Facility D independent water and power project (IWPP) and Ras Abu Fontas A3 scheme to boost the country’s desalination capacity.

However, Kahramaa is also moving ahead with several alternative water projects to boost the country’s water security. In addition to the planned groundwater development, Doha is also pushing ahead with a major scheme to build large strategic water storage facilities. The $3bn Water Security Mega Reservoirs project will involve building major reservoirs and storage facilities at five locations across Qatar, which will provide up to at least seven days water supply in case of an emergency.

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