Qatar’s deputy prime minister to inaugurate world’s largest district cooling plant

Qatar’s deputy prime minister to inaugurate world’s largest district cooling plant
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Published November 7th, 2010 - 07:57 GMT

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Qatar Cool today announced that Qatar Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah will be officially opening its new plant on The Pearl-Qatar this month.

The IDCP is the largest district cooling plant in the world and will be unveiled in an inauguration ceremony on 9 November 2010.

The plant will provide cooling for the 41,000 residents, hotels, shopping centres and other facilities on the 400-hectare man-made island The Pearl-Qatar, with a capacity of 31,000 tons of refrigeration.

"We are deeply honoured that the Deputy Premier Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah will officially open Qatar Cool's new plant as this is a major milestone not only for our company but also the infrastructural development of Qatar," said Qatar Cool GM Fayad Al Khatib.

District cooling is a utility service which provides chilled water through a centralized cooling plant through a network of pipes to multiple residential, industrial and commercial buildings for air conditioning purposes.

District cooling helps the environment by increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental emissions including air pollution, the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone-destroying refrigerants.

Qatar Cool's combined plants in Doha are projected to save about 250 million kg of CO2 annually which is the equivalent to burning 581,395 barrels of oil, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from 45, 779 vehicles over a year or the planting of 25 million trees.

The importance of the new plant is also underscored by the fact that the International District Energy Association (IDEA) will hold their 5th Middle Eastern conference "Greener Buildings, Smarter Grid" for the first time in Doha on 8-9 November 2010 with international delegates attending the formal inauguration of the world's largest district cooling plant. 

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