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MENA Geothermal achieves regional record

by CW Staff on Nov 12, 2012

Geothermal technology is presenting an alternative to conventional cooling systems (Image used for illustrative purposes)
Geothermal technology is presenting an alternative to conventional cooling systems (Image used for illustrative purposes)

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MENA Geothermal has announced that its installation of the largest geothermal heating and cooling system in the entire Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is complete.

The project was implemented in the Science and Business Department buildings at the American University in Madaba, Jordan. The project began in July 2011 and completed in August 2012, according to a statement from the company.

Commenting on the project, Khaled Al Sabawi, founder and president of MENA Geothermal, said: “This universal achievement in Jordan has been realised by highly competent and qualified Palestinians. The implementation of the project required intensive effort and continuous work in order to receive the different approvals from the various official bodies, ministries, and municipalities, in order to eventually be able to begin the implementation of the project.

“We drilled 420 vertical wells, reaching a depth of 100m into the ground, achieving a cooling capacity of 1,680 kW and a heating capacity of 1,350 kW - amounting to enough energy to efficiently and fully heat and cool these two buildings to an extent that exceeds conventional heating and cooling systems. This total capacity is equivalent to heating and cooling 112 average-sized homes,” he added.

Al Sabawi, the first certified geothermal engineer in the whole MENA region, also laid out the advantages of the system.

“Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the most environment-friendly systems. The system AUM eliminates carbon dioxide emissions by 233,638 kg per year (saving 47% when compared to other conventional systems).

“Additionally, the system is highly efficient and does not require a lot of maintenance. It is an economical solution, reducing heating costs by 70%, which is roughly 4kW units of electricity per every 1kW consumed unit,” he said.

Al Sabawi also highlighted the potential for geothermal energy to mitigate the effects of decreasing energy resources in MENA countries.

“Like many other countries, Jordan suffers from a lack of natural resources and high energy costs. Jordan imports 46% of its energy to meet its needs.

“This makes resorting to geothermal heating and cooling technology, an urgent necessity and a smart approach with high economic feasibility and great benefit to the environment. We expect large future demand for this system,” he said.


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