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Qatar: Growth in Electricity Transmission Network [free access]

June 1, 2022

Qatar’s high voltage transmission grid is owned and operated by KAHRAMAA. As of 2021, the country’s transmission network comprised about 4,064 km of line length at 132 kV and above voltage levels. Between 2017 and 2021, Qatar’s  transmission line network grew at a CAGR of 5.26 per cent, with net additions of close to 754 km. Of this, 47 per cent is  at 132kV, 32 per cent is at 220 kV and the remaining 21 per cent is at 400 kV.

 

The transformer capacity stood at 26.1 GVA as of 2021, increasing from 18.9 GVA in 2017 and registering a CAGR of around 8.27 per cent. Of the total transformation capacity, the majority, or about 45 per cent, was at 220 kV, followed by 33 per cent at 132 kV and 21 per cent at 400 kV. KAHRAMAA’s network also included 162 substations at the end of 2021, which grew from 105 in 2017.

 

Table 1: Growth in Qatar's transmission line length (km)

Voltage

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

132 kV AC

1,332

1,468

1,554

1,739

1,925

220 kV AC

1,270

1,276

1,292

1,274

1,292

400 kV AC

708

740

741

801

847

Total

3,310

3,484

3,586

3,813

4,064

Annual growth rate (%)

-

5.2

2.9

6.3

6.6

Note: Data for 2021 is estimated based on the CAGR during 2016–20.

Source: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation

 

 

Figure 1: Growth in number of substations

 

 

Note: Data for 2021 is estimated based on the CAGR during 2016–20

Source: Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation