Investing in Qatar to meet the region’s growing electricity needs

Investing in Qatar to meet the region’s growing electricity needs

October 31, 2010 at 09:10am
According to the Guardian newspaper, electricity demand in Qatar is currently rising by approximately 7 per cent a year. Measures to fulfill this growing demand need to be taken as a priority. For this purpose, Qatar has spent more than $10 billion on power generation and water desalination in the last decade and is expected to invest more than $20 billion in the two fields during the following ten years.

Accompanying the growth of power generation in Qatar and throughout the Middle East is an increasing demand for reliable distribution technologies. A recently signed agreement between GE and Al Farraj Trading & Manufacturing Company (FTMC) ascertains that FTMC will assemble and supply GE electrical equipment to five key Middle Eastern countries: Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Jordan. Founded in 1962 by the Al Farraj family, and serving the electrical distribution needs of the Middle East since 1972, FTMC is headquartered in Amman, Jordan, with distribution facilities throughout the region

To further support the growing requirements of its relationship with GE, FTMC is inaugurating a new manufacturing facility in Doha. The 7,000 square metre FTMC plant will manufacture electrical equipment used in the protection and distribution of electricity in residential, commercial and industrial applications. The opening of the plant will create up to 150 new jobs in the country.

Through the increased working relationship with FTMC, GE is further expanding its knowledge sharing initiative by increasing local access to its latest designs for low voltage switchgear and other distribution equipment. The new agreement is a natural extension of GE’s relationship with FTMC and will harness collective strengths to explore solutions that address not only Qatar’s increasing electricity needs, but the region’s as well.

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