Posted on April 04, 2014

Qatar Cool's third 'district cooling' plant in West Bay, which aims at meeting the growing demand for cooling services in the Doha's skyline, will be operational by the end of 2016, a senior official of the company announced here yesterday. 

"We are in the process of technical and commercial evaluation to select the successful bidder(s) to award contract for the construction of our third plant in West Bay, and expecting to announce the name (s) within a month," said Mohannad Rafe Khader. 

The proposed district cooling plant will be located near the Barzan Tower behind Commercial bank Plaza. District cooling (DC) is an innovative highly energy-efficient and cost-effective refrigeration system which delivers chilled water through underground insulated pipelines to offices and residential buildings needing cooling. It replaces the power-intensive conventional air-conditioning system, enabling massive cut in CO2 emissions.

Given the growing demand for cost-effective and environment-friendly cooling services, Qatar Cool, the leading provider of DC services in the country, had earlier announced to build its third plant in West Bay, with a cooling capacity of nearly 40,000 refrigeration tonnes. The two existing plants located in Qatar's commercial district with a combined capacity of nearly 67,000 refrigeration tonnes cater to about 47 towers. Khader was speaking with The Peninsula during a media tour of the Qatar Cool's Integrated District Cooling Plant' (IDCP) located in The Pearl Qatar, which is the largest plant in the world with a total cooling capacity of 130,000 refrigeration tonnes catering to the island's 45,000 residents.

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Present were Nahar S Al Mutawa, VP-Operations and Services, Wael Ayoub, Business Development Manager, and many other staff of Qatar Cool. "Currently we are catering to over 100 towers and villas in Qatar, and there is a long waiting list of clients requesting for our services. Given the growing popularity and increasing demand for district cooling services, we are expecting to develop many more plants to cater to some big clients, including Qatar Rail and Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee," he said.

Recognised as the most cost effective and environment-friendly solution to satisfy Qatar's growing cooling demand, Qatar Cool has been leading the focus on eco-friendly technologies in the region. It has also plans to use Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) in the existing plants to replace fresh water, which may further brig down the operating cost of these plants. Al Mutawa added: "The technology is becoming very popular, especially among developers. They prefer district cooling not only because it reduces their operating costs and building maintenance costs, but it also provides them a lot of free-space in the building which can be leased or used for various other purposes. The technology also helps reduce carbon footprints, which is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030."

According to a presentation by Ayoub, DC technology saves a lot of energy and costs to the developers. Qatar Cool's services in West Bay has exceeded 170 million tonne hours in 2013, representing around 120 million kilowatt hour savings if the cooling load was provided by conventional methods. This has led to an impressive saving of more than 50 million kilogram of CO2 emission.

source: The Peninsula