His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani inaugurated the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project Tuesday during a ceremony held by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) in Umm Salal Ali area.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, a number of ministers and senior officials in the energy, industry, electricity and water sectors were present.
Speaking on the occasion, HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi described the project as the largest in the world and features a huge strategic reservoir that raises the country's water storage to about 1,500mn gallons, an increase of 150%.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is being briefed on the Water Security Mega Reservoirs Project
This giant project is worth QR14.5bn, he said, pointing out that the current phase of the project will ensure water security for Qatar until 2026, followed by future stages that will meet water demand even after the year 2036 by adding additional reservoirs.
“The project is a key component in achieving the country's water security and a clear declaration of the ability and readiness of the water sector in Qatar to meet the development requirements in the present and future,” he added.
Kahramaa president engineer Issa bin Hilal al-Kuwari said in his speech that the project has begun as a vision and a creative and innovative solution to achieve the water security of Qatar since 2007.
“With the inauguration of this massive project, several key issues will be achieved within Qatar's water security strategy, including the increase of desalinated water storage to 2,400mn gallons per day, which is enough to meet the basic needs of the country for several months under different operating conditions.
“In addition, by operating this project, Qatar will be able to connect water production plants in the north of the country with plants in the southern area,” he explained.
A short film about the strategic importance of the project, and the stages of its development since 2015, was screened on the occasion.
The Amir later toured an exhibition about the project and visited the reservoirs and the operations room.
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