Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation: Adapting infrastructure for changing demands

February 20, 2015 in Infrastructure

As Qatar has developed there has become a much greater demand placed on water and energy supplies. Today both precious commodities fall under the remit of the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, more commonly known as KAHRAMAA; an organisation utilising modern methodology and technology.

Back in the 1950s, the supply of water and electricity were controlled by the British. They came under 2 separate departments, the State Electricity Department and the State Water Department. Qatar was then a British Protectorate. That same decade saw the arrival of the first desalination plant, with a capacity of 150,000 imperial gallons per day.

drinkingThe start of the 1970s saw the Ministry of Electricity and Water created along with 8 other ministries as part of the Council of Ministers formed in preparation for Independence in 1971. The 1990s saw a real shift as water and electricity fell under the operations of the Ministry of Electricity and Water. All related activities were kept in-house and labour was sourced directly. A number of power stations projects were commissioned and augmented and towards the end of that decade, the legislative and administrative processes were put in place for the formation of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, KAHRAMAA.

In July 2000 Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation “KAHRAMAA” was formally established further to the Emiri Law number 10, to regulate and maintain the supply of electricity and water to its customers.

Subsequent years have seen significant upgrade work on both water and energy supplies and a growing customer base.

Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, President ,Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation describes the organisation on the corporate website:

“We are committed, since KAHRAMAA’s inception in 2000, to provide Qatar’s need of high quality electricity and water services following the best international and local standards, as indicated in QNV 2030: “Management of the environment such that there is harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection”.

“KAHRAMAA managed, thanks to the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar and His government, to complete vital electricity and water projects, while investing in infrastructure to cope with the comprehensive development and the increasing demand. It comes within KAHRAMAA’s national responsibility as a leading State corporation.

“KAHRAMAA not only provides services, rather it works to ensure sustainability by making use of renewable energy especially solar. In addition, it promotes the culture of conservation among all society classes. It launched the National Campaign for the Conservation and Efficient Use of Water And Electricity ”Tarsheed” to ensure sustainability and better living for Qatari people one generation after the other.

“As for human development, KAHRAMAA provides employment, education, training and development opportunities for Qataris to involve in technical jobs by introducing several incentives. The Qatari woman has equal opportunities. She assumes several leadership posts in KAHRAMAA. Man is the most valuable investment in KAHRAMAA. Our staff are the main component of KAHRAMAA’s successful story thanks to their efforts and teamwork spirit.

“We, in KAHRAMAA, stress and reiterate our commitment to serve, as we used to be, an effective and key partner in all plans and programs of comprehensive development the State witnesses while assuming our social responsibility.”

The modern approach to utility provision is enhanced by the deployment of global standards and at the end of 2014 came news that KAHRAMAA’s Conservation & Energy Efficiency department had received the ISO 9001:2008 certificate for its Conservation & Energy Efficiency department.

“The earned accolade has been felicitated as per the global standard for applying the requirements of the quality management system in all its functionalities and operations,” stated a company press release.

“The certification is added to KAHRAMAA’s series of accomplishments as part of its strategy to achieve the four pillars of development enshrined in Qatar National Vision 2030 (i.e. economic, social, environmental, and human development) by complying with the highest quality standards.

“It goes in line with KAHRAMAA’s mission of providing high Quality sustainable electricity and water for better living in Qatar.

“The ISO 9001:2008 certification is an international standard that defines good management practices. The certification aims at providing a global standard that spells out quality and trust.

“As well, Electricity Networks Planning department has successfully obtained the renewed accreditation of ISO 9001:2008. The department had previously gained ISO 9001:2008 Certification in 2011,” it continued.

As 2015 arrives, KAHRAMAA continues to evolve and is set for another busy year with infrastructure development.

In January came news that the organisation has started work on the first phase of connecting electricity and water to unconstructed land lots.

This work is consistent with KAHRAMAA’s existing coordinated efforts to provide high quality services to customers in line with its mission to provide high quality and sustainable electricity and water for better living in Qatar.

“The project goes in three phases as per the urban development of areas. The phase one of the project will cover new areas where all the plots of lands are still remaining to be developed. The second phase will cover areas which have been developed partially, while the third and the final phase will include areas that have almost been developed but some plots are still lying empty or undeveloped,” the company said in a statement.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Malki, Head of Construction Section, said: “this step is meant to stop frequent and repeated excavation, especially in residential areas,” adding that KAHRAMAA installs high quality ready-made concrete walls at different places with connection of water and electricity so that services can be provided immediately.

The project is followed up by H.E Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, KAHRAMAA President. Under the first phase of the ongoing project, KAHRAMAA has already established 45 electricity and water service boxes at various plots. As part of this ambitious infrastructure development project, KAHRAMAA is going to establish 2,000 electricity stations in different areas to provide electricity and water to potential customers.

Under the network development project, KAHRAMAA is laying two types of power lines HV (2,400km) and MV (2,400km). The voltage of electricity will vary between 35 ampere and 200 ampere.

“All such initiatives come within KAHRAMAA’s continuous development of services. KAHRAMAA places the customer at the heart of decision making to ensure a relentless focus on the customer’s needs. Giving the urban development Qatar witnesses, KAHRAMAA has recently taken various initiatives to provide high quality services and introduce continuous improvement to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Qatar’s development in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal. That puts added onus on its infrastructure and in KAHRAMAA, the nation has a body it can continue to rely upon.