Siemens NYSE: SI has signed two major contracts worth a total of $201.3m with Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation that aim to improve the power infrastructure in Doha, part of which includes a lucrative smart metering project.

Trade Arabia reports that Siemens will supply to Kahramaa equipment for Phase 10 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project that will ensure uninterrupted power supplies to households, business centers, shopping malls, hospitals and schools throughout Doha.

The equipment includes gas insulated switchgear, power and earthing transformers, shunt reactors, protection relays, relay protection panels and substation control systems for substations located in and around the capital.

The Phase 10 project will be broken down into two stages with Stage 1 consisting of six 66/11 KV turnkey substations and Stage 2 comprising seven 132/66/11KV turnkey substations. Both stages are set to be completed over two years. The second contract signed today, worth $13.3m includes the installation of approximately 17000 smart meters and the supply of communication modules for 15000 water meters.

The purpose of the smart metering project is to test the environment, rules and regulations for managing customer demand during peak periods and improve the customer billing process. The project is the first of its kind in the Middle East, paving the way for the broader introduction of smart-grid solutions to the region.

The scope of the project, which covers three areas in Doha, includes delivering a communication network to connect the meters to an existing fiber optic network at the 66 kV substations, integrate existing back office systems to improve the billing process, provide GPS location information for all the meters modules and integrate the Itron-provided AMR solution in the Pearl of Qatar.

Mr Martin à Porta CEO of Siemens, Qatar said that “For Siemens, securing this innovative smart-grid solution represents a significant step forward in developing its global business. Successful implementation of this project will put Siemens in a strong position to secure additional smart metering business in the Middle East.”

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