(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: Qatar Electricity and Water Co (QEWC) and Siemens will work together to explore opportunities for the training of Qatari national engineers, supporting the development of local engineering talent, furthering knowledge transfer and enhancing the maintenance and operational efficiency of QEWC power plant assets and the IPPs.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed yesterday by QEWC General Manager and Managing Director, Fahad bin Hamad Al Mohannadi and Adrian Wood, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Qatar, the two organizations agreed to collaborate in support of Siemens supplied technology at QEWC facilities, including gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, ancillaries and controls.
Fahad Al-Mohannadi stressed the keenness of the Qatari Electricity and Water Company to develop the Qatari engineers' skills. He said: 'We are highly committed to fulfill goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 by contributing to Human Development, building capable and skilled Qatari workforce. Through these initiatives, our engineers has 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. 'This MoU further strengthens our long-standing relationship with QEWC, ensuring their power assets continue to operate reliably and efficiently, said Adrian Wood, CEO of Siemens in Qatar. 'We believe strongly that knowledge transfer through education and training is an important part of social and economic development, and I look forward to working with QEWC to further develop the skills of the country's engineers. 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.