The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani laid the foundation stone of the QR17bn Strategic Mega Reservoirs Project to secure water supplies in Qatar. The project consists of 24 mega reservoirs in five different sites, considered the largest in the world.
The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Kahramaa President Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, and other top officials.
The project comes within Kahramaa plans to increase strategic water storage in Qatar and ensure water supply to all areas.
The strategic project of the mega reservoirs is considered the largest expansion of Qatar water storage ever. It aims to increase Qatar water strategic storage till 2026 (first stage). The projects consists of 24 reservoirs at a total capacity of 2273 million gallons and includes the installation of 650 km pipelines with large diameters to form a spine joining all the key desalination plants together at the five specific reservoirs sites.
The reservoirs will be constructed at five sites located at Um Baraka, Um Salal, Rawdat Rashid, Abu Nakhla, and Al Thumama.
The principal of design is that water may be delivered from any desalination plant, to any reservoir site, allowing the water to be passed along the corridor in either direction creating both security and flexibility.
The capacity of each reservoirs is 100 MIG which is considered the largest concrete reservoir in the world. Each concrete reservoir will be sized at 150 m by 300 m by 12 m deep. The reservoirs are unique in type and design. Each site consists of substantial pumping station and infrastructure to serve them.
The total cost of the project awarded contracts is QR17 bn. 55 percent of contractors are Qatari companies. The project includes four bulk earthwork contracts, seven pipeline contracts, three reservoir site contracts, and SCADA contract. The project is due for final commissioning and operation in the second quarter of 2018.