Hyder has scooped a giant deal to design up to 50 massive reservoirs for the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
The Water Security Mega Reservoirs project could cost up to QR10bn (£1.7bn) to build.
The reservoirs are intended to provide the Middle Eastern state with seven days’ strategic water storage to avert a potential crisis should its giant desalination plants that supply 99% of the country’s water fail.
The country is to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022 and is currently bidding to host the 2020 Olympics.
These events coupled with a rapidly expanding population would otherwise leave the network extremely vulnerable.
Kahramaa has appointed Hyder to carry out pre-design studies as well as preliminary design, detailed design, tender procurement and construction supervision.
The project comprises five mega-reservoir sites and 200km of large diameter ring mains.
Each reservoir site will ultimately comprise up to 10 reservoir modules, each of which may be the largest of their type in the world.
The reservoirs and pipeline network, with associated pumping stations, will provide up to 15M.m3 of strategic potable water storage.
The project programme that began in February requires a fast track design, procurement and construction sequence, with completion expected by early 2016.