Prysmian awarded Qatari contract
Prysmian, a worldwide leading Group in the sector of cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, has been awarded a strategic contract worth 140 million euro by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) for the development of the first ever submarine cable turnkey project serving Doha, the capital of Qatar. This new agreement follows the 168 million euro contract recently secured by a Prysmian led consortium for the construction of a high voltage underground cable system, and further confirms the strategic role Prysmian is playing in the Middle East as a major utilities partner for the current power transmission network expansion program. Among other projects, Prysmian is currently involved in the construction of the submarine power connection between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with the GCCIA (Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority).
The Doha project requires the provision of engineering, marine and land surveys and procurement and cable construction, as well as submarine and land installation and commissioning services for 220 kV submarine and underground power cables for a total of 63 km and related accessories. The installation will start in 2009 and is due to be completed at the end of 2010. The cable will be manufactured in Arco Felice (Italy), Prysmian’s submarine cable plant.
This project is representative of the new stage Qatar’s Power Transmission Expansion to continue the reinforcement of the main transmission networks and to secure the power supply to industrial and domestic sectors.