Qatar Water Report Q2 2013 - New Study Released

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Sat Apr 20 2013

The Qatar authorities are keen to ensure that - unlike Gulf states such as Kuwait - money is used to overhaul public infrastructure. The strong corporate reception afforded to a Q113 briefing on the proposed overhaul of Doha's wastewater treatment system is a significant boon to the country's ambitious Public Works Authority (Ashghal), which needs international contractors to improve the capital's creaking sewage system. Aligned with increases in desalination, such moves give confidence in Qatar's ability to keep pace with soaring demand as it prepares for the 2022 World Cup.

Key development in the sector:

* Though desalination will remain a key focus for the Qatar authorities, 2013's main focus is wastewater, notably the Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy - a US$2.7bn initiative to completely overhaul the capital's sewage system. With more than 300 companies - contractors and consultants - attending a January 2013 project briefing, it is clear that interest in the country's wastewater sector is substantial.
* The Q113 completion of Kahramaa's financing for the US$500mn Ras Abu Fontas 2 desalination plant is another step forward for this critical power and water project. A new combined power and reverseosmosis plant at Mesaieed is expected to be tendered in 2014, with desalination capacity of 40mn gallons per day.
* Another wastewater treatment plant is under way at Al-Shammal. This will involve the building and maintenance of a new treatment plant, with a 7500 cubic metres per day flow. The contract from Ashghal, announced in February 2013, will include the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a treated sewage effluent (TSE) pumping station and a TSE tanker filling station and TSE longdistance transfer pipelines. Tendering will begin in Q213, with a contract award due by January 2014.
* The forecast period to 2022 will prove particularly critical for Qatar, as it prepares for the World Cup that will take place that year. Under BMI's long-term water forecast scenario, the emirate is on course to deliver a massive increase in water production that will ensure the rapacious demand outlook is kept in check with new supply. We anticipate Doha increasing production by more than 5% per annum over the next two years, before annual hikes tail back to below 3%. However, by 2022 - as new desalination capacity comes onstream via Kahramaa's ambitious slate of independent water and power projects - production will, once again, rise above 4%. Overall, we are confident that the authorities are keeping pace with consumption and envisage no difficulties in ensuring that the World Cup year delivers success for Qatar.

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