Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has awarded contracts worth QR4.3bn ($933m) to upgrade and expand the country’s power network.

The awards will pave the way for building about 18 new substations and modifying 11 existing ones under the expansion, reports Gulf Times.

Work involves the construction of a 400kv substation to meet the requirements of the GCC power grid. The first phase, connecting Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is already operational.

The projects include upgrading the existing 11/66kv network to 400kv to accommodate the new substations and associated cables and overhead lines to meet load growth.

The new projects are expected to be completed within three and half years of awarding the contract and would represent part of Phase 9 of the Kahramaa expansion programme.