Plant one was inaugurated in 2006 as Qatar Cool’s first cooling plant. The cooling plant is nestled amongst West Bay’s growing skyline, serving an area of more than 1.9 million square meters. The plant along with our two other West Bay plants is connected to a 28km underground pipe distribution network, allowing us to serve the entire district.
The plant has a cooling capacity of 25,000 Ton of Refrigeration (TR) and a Thermal Energy Storage Tank of 25,000 TRh. The cooling plant houses 10 centrifugal chillers.
The demand for district cooling in the area saw the need for a second cooling plant. Plant two became operational in 2009 with a cooling capacity of 32,500 Ton of Refrigeration (TR) and a Thermal Energy Storage Tank of 20,000 TRh. The cooling plant houses 13 centrifugal chillers.
As the population grew in West Bay so did the capacity of the cooling plants. The three plants offer a combined cooling capacity of 92,500 TR to the district. Each plant that followed the first increased its capabilities and capacity, adapting with the technological advancements and industry trends, whilst never compromising on the environmental impact.
The plant has a cooling capacity of 35,000 Tons of Refrigeration (TR) and a Thermal Energy Storage Tank of 25,000 TRh. It is unique in comparison to its sister plants. Plant three is our first plant certified with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The plant uses Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) for irrigation as well as for process, significantly reducing the demand for fresh/potable water. The LEED Certification and its score reflect the total effects of the building on the environment during the construction and operation such as, Sustainable sites, water savings, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, recycled content, local/regional materials, Indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process and regional priority.
In 2010 we inaugurated the world’s largest district cooling plant on the then newly developed manmade island, the Pearl Qatar. Our cooling plant has a staggering cooling capacity of 130,000TR and serves the 3.9 million square meter island.
The Pearl Qatar houses numerous Heat Exchange Stations (HEX) around the island, allowing us to pump sufficient cooling capacity to our customers and keeping its reliability and efficiency, due to the sheer size of the island. Our system design operating criteria for our Pearl Qatar cooling plant is 0.976KW of power consumption and 2.20 US Gallons of water to produce 1 ton of refrigeration.
2020 saw us break ground on our fifth cooling plant, on the Pearl Qatar. This cooling plant will provide sustainable cooling solutions to the emerging Gewan Island. The island once complete will extend over 4 hundred thousand square meters and hold a combination of residential and commercial customers.
The plant will utilize a Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant, with a unique feature of using sea water, thereby eliminating the need to use fresh/potable water. The plant is designed to provide an average annual plant efficiency of 0.83 Kw/TR, achievable by selecting the efficient chillers, pumps, and other components. A state-of-the-art optimization algorithm is used to further enhance the plants performance, while we use variable frequency drive pumps and cooling tower fans which operate at low speed but deliver higher efficiency with less demand.