20 Dec 2016 | 09.35 am
Kuwait Water Deal For Cork Engineers
Fehily Timoney to design phase 2 of capital’s water system
20 Dec 2016 | 09.35 am
Engineering and environmental consultancy Fehily Timoney has won a Kuwait contract to design and prepare tender documents for a major water distribution system for the Middle Eastern sheikhdom’s capital city, in collaboration with its partners.
The deal with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water is the firm’s first project win in Kuwait. It will partner with Arab Engineering Consultants and Dublin firm, Nicholas O’Dwyer, to deliver the 17-month-long phase of the project. The new pumping station they’re designing will handle twice the annual water supply requirements of Dublin.
The company said that at least half of the total project revenue reverts directly back to Ireland and up to 16 Irish jobs will be generated over the lifetime of the contract.
Work for the multi-million euro contract has already begun, on the design and contract documentation of the main potable water pumping station, trunk distribution mains and supervisory control and data acquisition systems for Doha area of Kuwait City.
Managing director Eamon Timoney said: “This is our first project win in Kuwait. We have tendered previously in the waste management arena and finished second on a number of occasions. This is stage 2 of a 12-stage project. We’re not eligible to tender for phase 3, but will definitely be tendering for the remainder of the project.
“There’s a significant construction supervision element to our part of the project and if the client is happy with the service we provide, then our contract could be extended to cover the construction supervision stage. This could help us generate even further employment on the ground in Kuwait and back at the team’s offices in Cork and Dublin, where our engineers, scientists, town planners and support staff are based.”
The present water complex for Kuwait City produces 670,000 square metres per day, significantly more than Dublin, where 540,000 m3 is used daily. Kuwait also has to rely entirely on saline groundwater and seawater to meet its water supply requirements, as it does not have any natural freshwater source. Average water consumption levels in Kuwait are very high, at about 470 litres per day per person.
Fehily Timoney has been in operation since 1990 and among its other projects are Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm in Galway and the Kilgallioch wind farm project in Scotland, the UK’s second largest wind farm.
Photo: Brian Murphy (letf) of Feehily Timoney, Islam Ouda and Gavin Reilly of Nicholas O’Dwyer.