Leighton’s Middle East group wins “mega” water job in Qatar

The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has won a contract worth $608m for the construction of Mega Reservoir Primary Reservoir and Pumping Stations (PRPS) 3 for Qatar’s General Electricity and Water Corporation. 

HLG, operating as Leighton Contracting (Qatar) WLL, must build, test and commission five reservoirs plus pumping stations, pipework and mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, architectural and external work for the 100 hectare PRPS facility at Rawdat Rashed. 

The reservoirs, with a capacity of 100 million gallons each, are the largest reinforced concrete reservoirs in the world, Leighton said in a statement.

This is the seventh project awarded to HLG by the Qatari utility. 

The first was in 2009 for the construction of the Duhail and Umm Qarn Reservoirs. 

The most recent contracts were for the construction of pipelines for Doha’s Mega Reservoir in 2014.

"Qatar is a very important market for HLG," said the group’s chief executive, José A. López‐Monís. "We have had a local office in Doha since 2005, and during this time we have been involved in a number of projects perfectly aligned with our expertise and experience."

The project starts this month and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Habtoor Leighton Group is a joint venture formed in 2009 between Australian construction major Leighton and Al Habtoor Engineering.

Photograph: Doha, Qatar from the air in November 2014 (KanManu/Wikimedia Commons)

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