State-owned utility Qatar General Water & Electricity (Kahramaa) has awarded a €470m contract to Siemens to develop and deliver substations, to help meet power demands in the region.

Siemens will design and and commission 14 new substations for the 400kV, 132kV, 66kV, and 11kV voltage levels, in and around Doha.

The contract also covers switchgear, transformers, control and protection equipment, and the extension of four existing substations. Siemens will also build a 400kV Al Sakhamah super substation.

For the first time in Qatar, the company plans to use its new 420kV single-break design 8DQ1 gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) systems, which will be manufactured at its switchgear plant in Berlin, Germany. Transformers will be manufactured at Siemen’s factory in Zagreb, Croatia.

The substations are due to be delivered in 2017.

Siemens Energy Management Division CEO Jan Mrosik said: "This is a highly challenging infrastructure project in which a wide assortment from our portfolio of products and solutions will be installed in parallel within a very short time."

The deal is part of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion – Phase XII project, which aims to expand power distribution network in Qatar.