Tabreed signs 20-year cooling contract with Fujairah Water and Power Plant

Published November 27th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Central Cooling Company Tabreed has signed a 20-year contract with Union Water and Electricity to provide cooling services to the Fujairah Water and Power Plant. The scheme will be the first in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to utilize the resource of seawater to keep the water and power plant at a regulated temperature.  


The Fujairah Water and Power Plant is the first to utilize this environmentally friendly technology in the UAE. The Plant is owned by Union Water and Electricity and was developed by the UAE Offset Group. 


The 656 megawatt power plant and 100 million gallon per day water plant will require an uninterrupted cooling service, which will be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a Tabreed team. 


District cooling is widely used in the UAE and around the world and pipes chilled water to buildings connected to schemes to be used for cooling. Using seawater to cool buildings is popularly used in Sweden, but the Fujairah Water and Power Plant and Tabreed will be the first to use this natural resource in the UAE. 


Reports estimate that at least 70 percent of all power generated in the UAE is used for air conditioning during peak times. Switching to an alternative, energy efficient solution to cooling is vital to reduce the economic and environmental burden on the UAE. With chilled water supplied from a central plant through a network of pipes to multiple buildings, suppliers estimate an energy saving of up to 70 percent compared to traditional air conditioning. 


Tabreed is the only company in the UAE offering district cooling services as a utility and currently has approximately 100,000 refrigerating tons under contract. Those contracts include long-term governmental, residential and commercial projects across the UAE in RAK, Dubai, Zayed Military City, Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain. — (

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