Posted on November 12, 2014

The 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, a two-day event endorsed by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) and organized by Fleming Gulf came to an end with a number of recommendations that were announced on the last day of the summit.

The recommendations were for better published regulations from concerned government organizations regarding the usage of TSE, doing extensive researches for finding out alternatives for desalinated water in cooling applications, providing incentives for private business entities to encourage District Cooling and ensuring financial mechanisms and availability of the vibrant technologies & cutting edge practices among others. The second and final day of the Summit focused on key technologies such as the use of treated sewage effluent (TSE) and its impact on the environment, low to medium temperature geothermal cooling, implementation of renewable energy in in district cooling networks, thermal energy storage, and pre-insulated piping solutions.

“Characterised by rapid infrastructure developments as well as robust business and economic prosperity, our lineup of distinguished expert resource persons unanimously pointed out how the installation and implementation of efficient and environment-friendly cooling systems are necessary for the region to achieve its sustainable growth aspirations,” said Ranjith Paul, Managing Director of Fleming Gulf, organiser of market-leading conferences across the GCC.

“Evidently, the two-day 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit showed how today’s cutting-edge district cooling innovation and technology can provide the solution for all cooling requirements under the region’s extreme weather conditions” he added. The second day and final day of the Summit began with an Opening Remarks by the Summit’s Co-Chair, George Berbari, Chief Executive Officer, DC Pro Engineering, UAE, followed by a Keynote on ‘District Cooling in Lusail City’ by Abobaker Jenaid Al Hadrami, Operations & Maintenance Director, Marafeq Qatar.

These were then followed by presentations from Dr. Ghazi El Sherif, Environmental Affairs Expert of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) of Qatar on the ‘Application Opportunities of Treated Sewage Effluent in District Cooling & Challenges Towards Environmental Compliance’; and Dr. Anant Shukla, Project Manager (Trigen & SolLad), Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India, Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) on ‘Combined Cooling Heating And Power: An Energy Efficient, Decentralized, Reliable And Integrated Solution To Building Energy Needs’.

After the brief morning coffee break and networking reception, Patrick Marti, Director International Sales, Saia-Burgess Controls, Switzerland discussed about ‘District Cooling Plants PLC Automation’. It was then followed by a discussion on ‘Potential of low to medium temperature geothermal cooling in the Middle East’ by Herbert Pohl, Chief Executive Officer of RG Thermal Energy Solutions, UAE; ‘Comparison of available TSE application for cooling towers in Qatar’ by Kamal Taj, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department of KEO International Consultants, Qatar; and Mohamad Jaroudi, General Manager – Sales and Marketing of Future Pipe Industries Qatar who talked about ‘Pre insulated piping solutions for District Cooling’.

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Before the end of the day and the two-day Summit, the third panel discussion was also conducted on the topic ‘The implementation of Renewable energy in District Cooling Networks - Road map and future prospects’, with Mr. Berbari as moderator, and Mr. Pohl, Mr. Kenich; Salah Nezar, Sustainability Director, Qatar Project Management and Muhammad Ali, Design Manager- District Cooling at Marafeq Qatar as panel members. After the Chairman of the Summit delivered the recommendations, conclusions and closing remarks of Summit, a site visit was then conducted at Qatar Cool’s district cooling facility.

The rest of the distinguished speakers at the Summit included His Excellency Ahmad M. Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Office of Empower UAE; Eng. Jamal Alderbasty, Head of Permit of Kahramaa; Nahar Al Mutawah, Vice President, Operations & Services, Qatar Cool; Isaa Qandeel, Vice President Development at Qatar Cool; Dominic McPolin, Chief Planning Officer of the Central Planning Office, Ministry of Works of Bahrain; Robert Miller, Technical Specialist District Cooling, Marafeq Qatar; Ammar S. Hammad, Director of Vista Automation UAE; Jim Phene, Director of Business Development for Europe, Middle East & Africa of LAKOS Separators and Filtration Systems, USA; Eng. Abdallah O. Bdeir, Chairman and Head of Technical Development Committee & Member of the Founding Board of the Jordan Green Building Council; Dr. Eng. Abdel Hakim Hassabou, Research Scientist for Solar Energy at the Qatar Energy & Energy Research Institute (QEERI); Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani, Head of the Mechanical and Industrial Department of Qatar University; and Tristan Robert, Deputy President, Sales & Marketing Director at Cryogel, France.

The two-day event was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha from the 10th to the 11th of November 2014 under the theme ‘Exploring innovative cooling technologies for a sustainable future’. The official partners of the Summit were Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) as Endorsing Partner; Qatar Cool as Official Host and Headline Sponsor; Lakos Separators and Filtration Solutions, as the Official Filtration & Separation Partner; Fafco, as the Official Thermal Energy Storage Partner; Qatar Green Building Council as the Green Building Partner; Marafeq Qatar as the Platinum Multi-Utility Partner; and QPM as the Project Management Partner.

The Gold Sponsors of the event included Elips Empower Logstor LLC, Cryogel, Future Pipe Industries (FPI), Vista Automation, Kamstrup, Honeywell, and SAIA BURGESS CONTROLS (sbc). Also, the events’ Silver Sponsor was RSS, Bronze Sponsors were NOREVA, Leminar Air Conditioning Company, Veolia Water and Expect…AVR. Meanwhile, the events’ Exhibition Partner was Al Emadi Solar, Official Freight Partner is Kinetic Event Logistics, and Association Partners are Euroheat & Power, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) and Cleon Energy Business Council.

Furthermore, the events’ Associate Partners were Desmi, Faisal Jassim Trading Co. LLC, DCServe, Grundfos and Field Industrial Supplies. The Official Business Magazine of the event was ‘the edge’. For further information on the event, kindly visit the link:

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