Qatar Cool signs deal for third plant in West Bay
Facility designed to produce 40,000 tons-cooling
Qatar District Cooling Company, also known as Qatar Cool, has signed a contract for the construction of its third plant in West Bay.
Once completed in 2016, the plant will provide cooling to residential and commercial towers.
The facility is designed to produce 40,000 tons-cooling, cutting down energy usage by 40-45% compared to traditional cooling systems.
Badr Al Meer, chairman of Qatar Cool, said: "It's with great pride that we officially continue our expansion plans by opening our fourth plant in Qatar, which is the third in the West Bay area.
"The benefits of district cooling are increasingly being recognised by governments, developers and end users alike. Not only does it reduce operating costs and building maintenance costs, but it also helps reduce carbon footprints and offers other environmental benefits in line with the country's National Vision 2030."
Having completely sold out the capacity of its other plants in West Bay, serving 46 towers, the third plant is a response to the steadily growing demand for district cooling services.
Significantly more cost effective over the long term than conventional solutions, district cooling at the same time cares for the environment; reduces CO2 emissions, consumes less energy, and decreases air pollution and combating global warming.
As well as working toward the wider community's good, centralising the cooling systems in remote locations frees significant leasable areas in buildings, which could be utilised for leisure amenities such as swimming pools and gardens. Such centralisation also contributes to noise reduction by eliminating the need of conventional outdoor units in residential buildings.
In addition to its West Bay plants, Qatar Cool also operates the world's largest district cooling plant, ‘The Integrated District Cooling Plant’ (IDCP) at The Pearl-Qatar, supplying 130,000 tons-cooling to the Island's 45,000 residents.
Qatar Cool was also recently recognised by Kahramaa's 'Tarsheed', a national campaign to improve water and energy efficiency, for its energy conservation efforts in industrial buildings in Qatar.