QIC studies plans for temporary power supply during World Cup
May 23 2019 11:28 PM
An illustration of the upcoming Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
An illustration of the upcoming Ras Abu Aboud Stadium


Qatar is studying plans to provide temporary power supply facilities during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The plans were discussed recently at an event held by the Qatar Innovation Community (QIC). The event was attended by 70 participants from 37 local and international companies.

The QIC was launched by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Ooredoo, and works with 20 national and international organisations in an effort to accelerate innovation across Qatar and create solutions for the FIFA World Cup and beyond.

During the event - the sixth Qatar Innovation Community Innovation Breakfast - nine innovation concepts were designed and will be assessed against SC and FIFA requirements before detailed and tangible business cases are developed for each.

It was attended by members from the SC's Technical Delivery Office, Tournament Readiness Group and Special Projects Office and was held at the QSTP's Innovation Centre.

Mahmoud Qutub, Senior Advisor, Special Projects Office, and Executive Director of the Workers' Welfare Department, said: "Collaboration and multidisciplinary engagement is critical to addressing the unique challenges we face in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup. The QIC brings together a highly motivated group of experts within local industry, government and academia who are working together to create solutions that will help deliver amazing World Cup in 2022. The nine concepts explored at the event are promising and we look forward to working with the group to progress these from concepts to reliable solutions that will meet our needs."

Bodour al-Meer, Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager, said: "Hosting a sustainable FIFA World Cup in Qatar comes with unique challenges and opportunities that require innovative solutions. This event engaged local and regional experts to explore what could be possible in terms of providing temporary power with minimal environmental impact."

Dario Cadavid, FIFA World Cup Venues Infrastructure Director, said: "It goes without saying that a reliable electrical power supply is one of the basic requirements for hosting the FIFA World Cup. The additional infrastructure and temporary facilities that are required in a particular venue push the electrical demands to levels well above and beyond normal."

The QIC has organised several innovation breakfasts, bringing together stakeholders to explore innovative solutions and opportunities for Qatar.

Areas covered previously include the customer journey, transport innovation, digital culture and heritage, artificial intelligence applications in mega events and smart city innovations.

The QIC supports and enables Qatar's innovation capabilities and knowledge capital, and addresses national priorities and looks to enhance Qatar's image and global competitiveness.

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