Qatar’s Ashghal signs PPP contract for new sewage treatment plant

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Al Attiya Motors & Trading Company, Metito Utilities Limited (Metito), and the direct investments group of Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) have signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract to undertake a Sewage Treatment Plant Project in the cities of Al Wakra and Al Wukair.

Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani witnessed the signing of the contract.

The project is the first sewage treatment project to be undertaken under a Public-Private Partnership in the State of Qatar and the biggest-ever project to be implemented in partnership with the private sector apart from the energy sector.

According to the statement, the signing ceremony included a documentary on the sewage treatment plant, treated wastewater networks, and phases of operating and developing sustainable wastewater treatment infrastructure nationwide, as well as a visual presentation on the significance of the role played by the private sector as a strategic partner to the public sector in pushing forward the cycle of economic growth in the State of Qatar.

The total cost of the project is more than $1.4 billion (QR5.4 billion), and the contract is part of the Public Works Authority’s efforts to develop and implement a sustainable drainage infrastructure across the country.

Mr. Khalid al-Khayareen, Drainage Networks Projects Department manager at Ashghal, said that “the project’s implementation is scheduled to start during the current year, with all works to be completed in 2026. Based on the agreement, the executing companies will operate and maintain the station for 25 years. After that, the project’s operation and maintenance will move to the Public Works Authority using the same techniques.”

The partnership contract also includes the design, construction, and delivery of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) facilities that will be established within the project, which include a primary substation and all electrical installations required to supply the project with power.

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