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Water and Electricity

08 Sep, 2020
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Water and Electricity

The Qatar General Electricity and Qatar Corporation (KAHRAMAA) was established in 2000 to regulate and maintain the supply of water and electricity to the people of Qatar.

Under KAHRAMAA’s management, the supply chain of utilities has improved vastly in recent years. Close to 250,000 electricity and 190,000 water consumers enjoy uninterrupted supplies, thanks to innovations in desalination, the water network and power grid.

The increasing demand for water and electricity presents serious challenges, given the country’s rapid economic growth and geographical location. In response, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has implemented a five-year plan to ensure proper distribution.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • A new electricity plant at Ras Girtas, north of Ras Laffan.
  • 30 new electricity substations.
  • New water reservoirs capable of storing 1,600-million gallons per day.
  • New pipelines from Ras Abu Fontas.

In addition, the government is looking into the possibility of storing desalinated water underground for at least 90 days for emergency purposes. The commissioning of the GCC Inter-Connectivity Grid will also open up the possibility to trade power with neighboring countries.