Qatar’s General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), earlier this week announced the tender for local and international companies to bid for the construction of five primary reservoir and pumping station (PRPS) packages as part of its Water Security Mega Reservoirs project. The five separate packages (A – E), cover material supply, construction, testing and commissioning related to the reservoirs, pumping stations, pipework, mechanical, electrical, ICA (instrumentation, control and automation), civil, structural and architectural works for the mega reservoir sites at Umm Birka, Umm Slal, Al Thumama, Rawdhat Rashid and Abu Nakhla. Contractors are required to submit their proposals by 5th June 2014.
The objective of the Water Security Mega Reservoirs project is to provide seven days’ potable water storage in new reservoirs, combined with existing and future secondary reservoirs, to preserve Qatar’s water quality in line with Kahramaa and World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The project entails the construction of five mega-reservoir sites and approximately 200 kilometres of large diameter ring mains. Each reservoir site will ultimately include up to nine reservoir modules, with up to five per site being included in the current tender, each of which will be among the largest of their type in the world. The reservoirs and pipeline network, with associated pumping stations, will provide up to 17 million cubic meters of strategic potable water storage. A massive ring main system will be provided between the independent water and power generation plants, allowing water to flow from North to South and vice versa; so that it may be delivered to any location in Eastern Qatar, irrespective of water availability.
Hyder Consulting is the detail design and site supervision consultant on the project and has been working closely with Kahramaa since March 2012 to fast track the unique design of the mega reservoirs, pumping stations and pipework to meet the client’s ambitious programme. This technically demanding undertaking involves complex hydraulics and operational philosophies, mixed with the engineering and stakeholder challenges associated with delivering such significant volumes of water storage and networking. The Mega Reservoirs project has successfully achieved its early milestones; cumulating in the tendering of the five PRPS packages.
Hyder’s multi-disciplinary team is responding to this complex and demanding project with technical and methodological innovation which is being delivered through its global offices in Doha, Bangalore, Manila and the UK. A detailed fast track design, procurement and construction sequence has been devised to achieve project completion as scheduled in 2017.
“Hyder is proud to have contributed to the successful progress of this strategically important project for the state of Qatar and its people. It is also hugely significant for the utilities sector in the region and globally. As the largest ever water security undertaking, it is sure to have an impact around the world where other countries are seeking to ensure strategic water supplies for their populations,” said Kamiran Ibrahim, Managing Director Utilities.
“The issue of the tender for the five PRPS construction packages represents a major milestone on the Water Security Mega Reservoirs project. This is one of the largest contracts ever tendered by Hyder and we are mobilising a team to answer questions from contractors as they begin preparing their proposals. We look forward to moving to the construction stage where; as site supervision consultant, Hyder will remain closely involved in the realisation of this project alongside Kahramaa,” said Maher Chatila, Country Manager Qatar.
“We believe that in constructing a such a world landmark project, Kahramaa will truly give Qatar the best in water security, creating an asset that will support generations to come with the confidence to turn on their taps, to know the water will run; and providing the flexibility to cater for major global events such as the World cup in 2022,” said Helen Bali, Technical Director Utilities and Project Manager.
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