Posted on July 10, 2011

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) will implement an electronic metering system to thousands of homes starting with two areas in the country as part of the company’s effort in advancing its metering infrastructure.

The tender for installing electronic metering system will be done in different phases that will be completed in 2015 targeting 12,000 meters for electricity and 8,000 for water meters.

A Kahramaa official said the project was aimed at improving the company’s technological network to meet the increasing demand of electricity and water as the country is gearing towards more development.

Project cost for the advanced metering project will be QR30m for electricity and QR22m for water.

There will be seven phases in the development of the project to establish more power stations, including the installation of two main power lines of 450Kv capacity to connect with other GCC network.

Kahramaa is also embarking on another major infrastructure, the marine cable project which will help provide alternative sources of energy in case of breakdown of the two main stations.

The environment-friendly plastic cabling project will connect the two main stations in Ras Abu Fontas to Ras Laffan areas.

The company will be investing more in future to expand and modernise the system in response to the fast-pacing technological advancement. The company would take foreign investment of QR12bn aside from QR69bn contract for development planning and expansion plans in the next 10 years.

Alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power are also major thrusts for Kahramaa.

source: The Peninsula