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District Cooling Growth Surges in Qatar

District cooling use has grown substantially since it was first introduced to the Middle East in the late 1990s. For example, Qatar Cool, based in Doha, Qatar, owns and operates the world’s largest district cooling plant, which has a maximum capacity of 130,000 tons. The plant has 52 chillers and supplies chilled water to 42,000 residents in 15 buildings in The Pearl-Qatar development, a nearly 1,000-acre manmade island off Qatar’s east coast.

Qatar Cool also owns and operates two district cooling plants in West Bay, a newly developed neighborhood in Doha. With a combined total capacity of 67,000 tons, they have seen a combined 13% increase in district cooling production since 2013. The company plans to build a third plant in the West Bay area to handle continued growth.

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