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Siemens wins $861m substation deal in Qatar

Qatar has awarded to Siemens its largest contract to-date for the expansion of its power transmission network.

The $861m deal with Qatar General Water & Electricity Corporation (KAHRAMAA) will see Siemens deliver 35 turnkey super and primary substations for Phase 13 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project. à‚ 

Siemens will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning of the substations for the 400 kV, 220 kV, 132 kV, 66 kV and 11 kV voltage levels, including gas-insulated switchgear, transformers, and control and protection equipment.

Since the Power Transmission System Expansion project started in 2005, Siemens has installed more than 120 substations and approximately 1500à‚ kilometres of high-voltage cable.

“We are delighted to build on a trusting relationship with KAHRAMAA, as we embark on yet another important phase to upgrade Qatar’s power network,” said Ralf Christian, chief executive of Siemens Energy Management Division. “Siemens is committed to supplying reliable and innovative products to this highly ambitious project that will meet growing demand for electricity in a fast-developing country.”

As part of this contract, an existing ‘super substation’ ” one that allows multiple voltage settings ” in Doha will be upgraded with new 400kV/200kV gas-insulated switchgear and associated equipment, before connecting to the grid.

Another substation will be used to meet rising demand for electricity in Al Jahhaniya and the surrounding area, including a temporary power feed to Rayyan Stadium, one of the venues for FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Substations will also feed power to steel, oil and gas and petrochemical facilities in the Mesaieed industrial area, as well as Al Sadd in Doha.

Siemens has also received a second order worth $29m from KAHRAMAA to supply and install more than 2170 medium-voltage switchgear boards. The switchgear will be manufactured in Frankfurt, with the first units expected to go into operation by the end of this year.

Demand for electricity in Qatar has been steadily rising over the past decade thanks to its growing population and a government strategy that seeks to develop various sectors of the economy and reduce reliance on hydrocarbons.à‚