Qatar General Water & Electricity (Kahramaa), a Qatari utility operating transmission and distribution network, is set to launch a smart grid pilot project in Al Duhail.

Kahramaa Renewable Energy Section head Saleh Hamad Al Marri told The Peninsula that the firm is going to start a pilot project in near future to introduce a smart power grid system in Qatar.

"The project, to be built in Duhail, will be implemented in cooperation with Iberdrola, a Spanish private multinational electric utility company based in Bilbao, Basque Country," Al Marri noted.

"We also have the cooperation of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) for the pilot project."

The smart grid project will be implemented in two phases – with first phase having an installed capacity to generate 3MW to 5MW of electricity.

"After the pilot project we will select [some grids] which are useful for Kahramaa for the national grid," Al Marri added.