The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday organized a roadshow to introduce Al Wakrah and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) project, the first project of the authority to be implemented in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contract.
The roadshow aimed at briefing the interested local and international companies, which have experience in the field of infrastructure and drainage projects, about the details of the project and its components.
The project is part of Ashghal’s efforts to develop and implement sustainable drainage infrastructure throughout the country.
The event was attended by a number of officials and representatives from various private (both local and foreign) companies, who also had a question-answer session with Ashghal officials. The roadshow was organized under the directives of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is also the Chairman of the Ministerial Group to Support the Private Sector.
The project includes a sewage pumping station, sludge treatment and management units as well as odor control units. The project also includes the construction of a treated water pumping station.
The project is scheduled to be completed within four years from the date of commencement. The private sector partner will operate and maintain the plant for 25 years, after which the maintenance and operation will be transferred to the Public Works Authority using the same high-tech and operational experience.
Dr. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of Ashghal, said that implementing Al Wakrah and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant project under PPP is the first of its kind with the authority.
“It is part of Ashghal’s efforts to contribute to engaging the private sector and increasing its investment in the implementation of the projects in the country, in a way that will ensure benefiting from the private sector’s experience in the field of project management and implementation, as well as knowledge-sharing,” he added.
The Manager of Drainage Networks Projects Department in Ashghal, Eng. Khalid Al Khayareen, said that the project would be developed through a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain and Transfer PPP. “It includes the development and implementation of a new sewage treatment plant in Al Wakra and Al Wukair areas, which will work at an initial capacity of around 150,000 cubic metres per day to treat wastewater as per international standards and using the tertiary treatment technology, with an infrastructure that can accommodate the expansion of the plant’s capacity to up to 600,000 cubic metres per day.”
The implementation of the project through PPP is considered a continuation of the country’s efforts to increase the participation of the local and international private sector in the implementation of development projects while ensuring the transfer of expertise and enhancement of service levels provided in various fields.