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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has received an order for 14 large-size centrifugal chillers with a total cooling capacity of 29,300 refrigeration tons for a large-scale district cooling system in Qatar.
Ordered for the Heart of Doha regeneration project, the orders are the first centrifugal chiller order for the company for Qatar, and delivery is planned for June this year, with work to be completed in the summer of 2012.
The units will be the company’s AART-200EX chillers, and will be installed in two locations of six and eight units, to provide district cooling from two points.
The Heart of Doha project aims to develop and revitalise a 35-hectare site in front of the Royal Palace of Qatar into an area that will encompass public offices, hotels, high-quality commercial facilities and residential zones. The project is being carried out by Dohaland, an organisation established by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2007.
Qatar has been promoting diversification of its industries in a quest to depart from heavy dependence on oil and natural gas and focus efforts on cultural, educational and broadcasting fields. Also, having been selected to serve as host country for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the country is now undergoing a boom in construction of various large facilities. This activity is expected to fuel demand for air-conditioning systems over the medium and long term.
The AART-200EX achieves the world's highest level of rated COP (coefficient of performance)2, 6.4 3, and uses HFC-134a, a chlorine-free and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) refrigerant. Dohaland is targeting the project to achieve ‘platinum, the highest rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which is a rating standard devised by the U.S. Green Building Council for environmentally friendly buildings.