The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation, Kahramaa, has awarded Prysmian Group an order for power transmission system expansion projects worth approximately EUR 80mn ($108mn).
The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning services for extra high voltage underground cable systems for a total of 173km of 220kV cable and related network components.
The deal is part of stage 2 of Phase XI of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project aimed at strengthening the main transmission networks and at securing power supplies to the industrial and residential sectors.
The upgrade also includes the replacement of an overhead line with an underground cable system.
Antonio Chiantore, general manager for Prysmian Group in the Middle East, said: “This award reflects Kahramaa’s trust in Prysmians's capabilities to meet the increasing needs for the development of new power grids in Qatar and this strategic region.”
“We have already supplied and installed other sections within the Kahramaa power transmission grid in Qatar and we are very happy to undertake this new project,” Chiantore added.
The project will be implemented by the group's established offices in Qatar, using production from Gron (France) and Livorno (Italy).
Installation of the first circuits will start in 2014 and the scheduled completion date is in 2016.
Prysmian's projects in the Middle East include the first-ever submarine power transmission link serving Doha, the GCC Saudi-Bahrain submarine interconnection and the 400kV power transmission system for Transco connecting the Bahia and Saadiyat Grid Stations in Abu Dhabi.
More recently, the group was also awarded a contract for the interconnection of the Zakum offshore oil field in Abu Dhabi.