Asia Pacific Wastewater Treatment and Management Industry Outlook to 2018 - Increasing Government & Private Investments to Drive the Future Growth
- Language: English
- 192 Pages
- Published: March 2014
- Region: Asia, Asia Pacific
BMI View: The Qatar Water & Electricity Company (Kahramaa) has set out a five-pronged strategy for the emirate's water sector to ensure that supply keeps pace with demand. This involves developing new sources of water, avoiding shortages, ensuring water security, maintaining good network management and sustaining water quality. This will require substantial capex outlays from the state utility: the longterm plan is to spend more than QAR22bn on water in the period up to 2020.
Key themes to highlight for Qatar's water sector include:
- Private water and power provision will continue to play an important role in Qatar's economic development and the investment climate should continue to appeal to private developers over the forecast period. Kahramaa is committed to encouraging public private partnerships (PPPs) in the power and water sectors via a clutch of independent water and power projects (IWPPs). IWPPs will underscore the utility's attempts to raise water and power supply, and have proved highly attractive as a means of stimulating investment.
- Kahramaa is due to launch the tender for a new IWPP, to be known as Facility D, which is to be completed 2014-15 period and have 60mn gallons per day (g/d) of capacity. In line with the steady depletion of Qatar's water storage capacity, now estimated at less than three days of use, Kahramaa has announced plans to build a number of new reservoirs to ensure up to five days of supply.
Along with using underground aquifer storage, Kahramaa is investing in new reservoir capacity. In Q211, Kahramaa invited consultancy bids for a pre-design study on five mega-reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 3,500mn gallons, and transmission pipelines measuring 200km, by an eventual deadline of 2036. In September 2009, Kahramaa awarded a US$200mn contract to Al-Habtoor Leighton Group – for the construction of reservoirs as Qatar faces sharp increases in water withdrawal in the period up to 2016.
We envisage total water consumption rising from around 300,000mn gallons in 2012 to just over 370,000mn gallons in 2016 – an increase of around 10,000mn gallons a year over five years. Thanks to IWPP plants like Ras Laffan C, Qatar has sufficient production capacity to remain one step ahead of this robust demand outlook, but Kahrmaa will need to add new desalination capacity at some of its existing IWPPs if it is to ensure that the taps continue to run at the start of 2017. Fortunately, the Qatari utility's record suggests confidence in its ambitious growth plans is well-founded.
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