Serbia’s Energoprojekt has submitted the low bid for the project management contract for the estimated $3bn Water Security Mega Reservoirs project in Qatar.

The Serbian company submitted an estimated offer of about QR50m ($13.7m) for the project management deal. Qatar General Electricity and Water Authority (Kahramaa), the client, received bids from at least three project management firms.

The concept design for the reservoirs project was completed in early 2011 by French project manager Sogreah, now part of the Artelia Group. In February 2012, Kahramma appointed the UK’s Hyder to provide engineering and environmental consultancy services for the project. The scope of Hyder’s work includes pre-design studies, preliminary design, detailed design, tender procurement and construction supervision.

Kahramaa has been designed to provide seven days of strategic water storage within its network, which will shore up the country’s reserve water supplies to protect against any future disruptions in supply.

The Water Security Mega Reservoirs scheme will connect the desalination plants at Ras Laffan and Ras Abu Fontas, which will skirt the west side of Doha. The pipeline will also connect to five reservoirs on the outskirts of the capital, which will be linked by about 200 kilometres of large-diameter pipeline.

Each reservoir site will contain up to 10 reservoir modules, which could be the largest of their type in the world. The reservoirs and pipeline network, with associated pumping stations, are planned to store up to 15 million cubic metres of potable water.

The construction packages were originally scheduled to be tendered in 2013 with the project planned for completion in 2016. However, due to some delays, the tenders for the construction works are now expected to be issued in 2014.