Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and Siemens will work together to explore opportunities for the training of Qatari national engineers as part of efforts to support the development of local engineering talent.
They will also together further knowledge transfer and enhance the maintenance and operational efficiency of QEWC's power plant assets and the IPPs (independent power producers).
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday by QEWC managing director Fahad bin Hamad al-Mohannadi and Siemens Qatar chief executive Adrian Wood.
As per the MoU, the two organisations agreed to collaborate in support of Siemens supplied technology at QEWC facilities, including gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, ancillaries and controls.
Through these initiatives, QEWC engineers have the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge where they will be working alongside with local and international professionals, across various segments of the power sector, al-Mohannadi said.
“This MoU further strengthens our long-standing relationship with QEWC, ensuring their power assets continue to operate reliably and efficiently,” Wood said, adding “we believe strongly that knowledge transfer through education and training is an important part of social and economic development."
Siemens has been working in Qatar since the 1960s and continues to be a key contributor to the country’s energy, mobility and city infrastructure. The company has recently handed over operations of the 2.5 gigawatt (GW) Umm Al Houl Combined Cycle Power Plant, which will deliver almost a quarter of the nation’s installed power generating capacity, and ensure adequate power and water supply for seasonal fluctuations and major events.
Siemens is also building 35 turnkey substations as part of the nation’s plan to expand and strengthen its power network, under Phase 13 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project.