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Posted On: 1 January 2020 09:55 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

KAHRAMAA completes 32 new electrical transmissions in 2019

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The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has opened 32 new electrical transmission stations and completed cable laying works by spending an approximate amount of QR3bn during 2019.

2019 has turned to be a year of achievements for KAHRAMAA through implementing projects and maintaining quality of service with the highest standards for customers, KAHRAMAA said in a statement.

The Corporation completed the commissioning of substations for five stadiums of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The last of the five substations, Ras Abu Aboud Two, was opened in May.

The year also marked the completion of the works of the Doha Metro substations with the last of the five opened at Al Bidda. This is in addition to the completion of the works of the power stations for Qatar Economic Zones (Manateq).

According to KAHRAMAA statistics, the production capacity of electricity reached 10578 MW in 2019. While power generation went up by about 30%, water production increased by 40%.

KAHRAMAA also raised the efficiency of the electrical network through the implementation of periodic maintenance programmes.

Corrective measures in stations, cables and lines resulted in an estimated savings of about QR53mn.

The Corporation also upgraded the emergency control units by installing the latest software and technology and enhancing cybersecurity.

The year also saw an increase in the number of consumers while the electrical network was expanded into more areas.

As many as 8,116 subscribers and 1,500 establishments were connected and 1,286 new distribution stations opened.

The number of failures in the main network came down by 8% in 2019 while the number of interruptions in the medium voltage network decreased by 17%. With an aim to support the development of Qatar in various sectors.

Qatar's quest to tap renewable energy is set to achieve a milestone in mid-January with the awarding of the tender for the works of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporations (KAHRAMAA) solar plant.

The solar energy project is spread over an area of 10sq km. The capacity of the plant is 700-800 MW, of which 350MW will be connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2021.

The commercial operation of the total capacity will start in the first quarter of 2022.

The project aimed at increasing energy efficiency by diversifying sources and tap the potential of renewable energy in the country.

Further, it will reduce carbon emission and the dependence on fossil fuels.

The plan is to execute the project in the public-private partnership model.

The plant will be transferred to Kahramaa after 25 years as per the BOOT (build-own-operate-transfer) system.

With regard to drinking water quality, the general index of water quality exceeded the WHO index, and KAHRAMAA Water Quality Laboratory succeeded in renewing the international accreditation of quality standards for ISO 17025: 2005 certification from the American Society for Laboratory Accreditation, which is renewed periodically every two years, as it was one of the first laboratories that received this dependence in the region.

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA ) also contributed to the progress of the State of Qatar in the Ease of Access to Electricity Index in the Doing Business 2020 report issued by the World Bank.

During 2019, a tripartite cooperation agreement was signed between KAHRAMAA and each of Qatar Qatar GTL and GASAL Q.S.C. with the aim of transferring clean electrical energy produced from steam, through KAHRAMAA network, from Shell Qatar Company to GASAL Q.S.C in Ras Laffan for the production of oxygen gas and it is estimated that this process will be reduced about 100,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

KAHRAMAA's financial performance has also witnessed a significant improvement during the past period, as its strategic plans have become based on financial sustainability, and it has obtained a preliminary long-term evaluation at the degree of A1, with a stable future outlook, from Moody's Credit Ratings Agency.

Source: Qatar News Agency-QNA