Underground substation at Msheireb Downtown Doha Project
DOHA: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has announced the successful completion and testing of Qatar’s first substation at Msheireb Downtown.
The 66 kilovolt (kV) substation is the first energised underground substation in Qatar.
The substation was jointly designed and developed by Msheireb Properties and Kahramaa.
With the latter providing internal design and electrical plans, the substation is connected to the Ras Abu Aboud super substation to ensure a reliable supply of electricity throughout the Msheireb project master plan while minimising any environmental impact.
Mohamed Al Dosari, Manager of Electricity Projects from Kahramaa, said: “We are proud to have reached this milestone in the development of our country’s power infrastructure by introducing the first underground substation design, in line with the sustainable ethos of Msheireb Downtown Doha.”
“This ground-breaking technology will deliver efficient, cost-effective energy throughout Msheireb Downtown Doha in the most environmentally responsible manner. We are delighted to have achieved this technological milestone in Qatar and believe the Msheireb project to be the perfect fit for such pioneering infrastructure,” Al Dosari said.
Mohammed Masoud Al Marri, Chief Officer Design and Delivery at Msheireb Properties, said: “We are proud to have Doha’s first 66kV substation on the site of Msheireb Properties’ signature development. The environmental considerations of the substation represent another breakthrough for the Msheireb Downtown Doha project team and underscore our long-term commitment to sustainable development and industry best practice.”
The substation is located in the Phase-1A of the Msheireb master plan.
An underground location was chosen to preserve the traditional character of the project’s distinctive design and to maximise the amount of green space open to the public.
Aside from two primary 66kV substations, the project will also house forty 11kV stations, all of which will be located underground.
“Space and design were key considerations,” said Al Marri.
“Having the substation below ground was the most creative solution to avoid disturbing the existing heritage sites within the Msheireb Downtown project and to make the best use of natural light and ventilation, as well as technologies promoting electricity and water efficiency.”