Officials at the signing ceremony.

Qatar has awarded a QR5.4 billion ($1.48 billion) public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the development, design, build, finance and procurement of a 150,000-cu-m-day sewage treatment works (STW) project.

 The deal was awarded by Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to a consortium of Metito, Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC). The project is located in the areas of Al Wakrah and Al Wukair and marks the country’s first sewage treatment PPP project.

 The consortium’s scope will involve the design, construction, and delivery of Kahramaa facilities, including a primary substation, initial commissioning, performance acceptance testing, and 25 years of operations and maintenance.

Commenting on the contract award, Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO of Metito, said: “Metito has been closely working with its Qatari stakeholders, developing projects since 1987, and being awarded this contract alongside our partners is a great honour and a testament of our commitment to play a leading role in enabling Qatar to achieve its ambitious water agenda.”

 The Al Wakrah and Al Wukair STW project will contribute to achieving Qatar’s 2030 Vision to streamline water consumption and encourage the use of unconventional water resources.

 Abdul Aziz Al Attiya, Chairman of Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company, said: “We are the largest shareholder in this consortium, which means providing an effective contribution to the capital, in addition to our decades-long experience working within Qatar. We are proud to be awarded this contract under a public-private partnership for the next 25 years, with the local and global expertise that our consortium has.”

“Metito and partners will be investing the equity required, and Metito will be integrating the latest technologies as we invest close to $1 billion in it. Through our experts, access to global resources, and extensive knowledge of the local Qatari requirements and specifications, we are confident we are the right partner to develop this strategic project,” concluded Rami Ghandour, Managing Director, Metito.