District cooling firm Qatar Cool has announced plans to open a new cooling plant to serve residential and commercial towers in Doha’s newly-developed West Bay neighbourhood.
West Bay, which features some of Qatar’s tallest skyscrapers housing luxury apartments, high-end offices and hotels, is already served by two of Qatar Cool’s district cooling plants which supply cooling to around 46 towers. Once online, the third plant will bring the company’s total offering to around 40,000 tonnes of refrigeration.
In 2013 Qatar Cool’s West Bay cooling supply exceeded 170 million tonnes/hour, the company said, representing around 120 million kWh in savings over conventional cooling methods as well as more than 50 million kg in CO2 emissions savings.
‘Developers prefer district cooling. Not only does it reduce operating costs and building maintenance costs but it also helps reduce carbon footprints, which is in line with the country’s national objectives,’ said Qatar Cool chairman Bader al-Meer.