No chill in the cool­ing industry

The dis­trict cool­ing industry in Qatar is look­ing to build on sev­eral years of ro­bust growth with a wave of fresh in­vest­ment.

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Dis­trict cool­ing en­tails the pro­duc­tion and cir­cu­la­tion of chilled wa­ter to mul­ti­ple build­ings through a net­work of in­su­lated un­der­ground pipes. Wa­ter is pumped from a cen­tral cool­ing plant to build­ing con­nec­tions, known as en­ergy trans­fer sta­tions, which is then used by the build­ing's cli­mate con­trol sys­tem to lower tem­per­a­tures.

Re­garded as more en­ergy ef­fi­cient than con­ven­tional air con­di­tion­ing, dis­trict cool­ing has be­come a key com­po­nent of the state's drive to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion in line with Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion (QNV) 2030, the coun­try's strate­gic de­vel­op­ment plan.

Growth mar­ket

The industry's cool­ing ca­pac­ity - mea­sured in tonnes of re­frig­er­a­tion (TR) – has ex­panded sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years, ris­ing from 25,700 TR in 2007 to around 485,000 TR last year, ac­cord­ing to the Qatar Gen­eral Elec­tric­ity & Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion (KAHRAMAA). The sec­tor's rapid ex­pan­sion is due in part to the fact that dis­trict cool­ing is a rel­a­tive new­comer to Qatar.

The coun­try's largest op­er­a­tor, Qatar Cool, was es­tab­lished in 2003 and now operates three plants with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 197,000 TR. Two of its fa­cil­i­ties serve the West Bay dis­trict, pro­duc­ing a com­bined 67,000 TR, while the third, which caters to The Pearl- Qatar dis­trict, has a ca­pac­ity of 130,000 TR, mak­ing it the largest plant of its kind in the world. Ad­di­tion­ally, the com­pany is build­ing a fourth plant, also lo­cated in the West Bay dis­trict, which is ex­pected to add an­other 40,000 TR of cool­ing ca­pac­ity upon com­ple­tion.

“Due to the in­creased de­mand we have seen in West Bay, we are con­struct­ing our third plant in the same dis­trict, with the first phase ex­pected to be com­pleted early next year and full com­ple­tion of the plant sched­uled for the end of 2016,” Yasser Salah Al Jaidah, CEO of Qatar Cool, told OBG.

A sec­ond op­er­a­tor, Marafeq Qatar, en­tered the mar­ket in 2012 and now runs a 5,000-TR plant in Lu­sail City, with the fa­cil­ity ex­pected to in­crease its ca­pac­ity to 300,000 TR by 2022. The com­pany also operates a 37,000-TR ca­pac­ity plant that will serve the 6,000 units of the Barwa City de­vel­op­ment north of Doha, sched­uled for com­ple­tion later this year.

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