Qatar Coolhas invited bids by late November from 12 prequalifiers for the plant number 1 contract on its West Bay district cooling project. Bids are also due in at the same time for the contract to build the cooling network, which will deliver chilled water to buildings in the area. Qatar Cool, which is a joint venture company between the local United Development Company (UDC), Dubai-registered National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) and local investors, is aiming to implement the estimated QR 300 million ($81 million) first-stage investment programme on a fast-track basis, with completion set for late 2005 (MEED 25:4:03).
The plant number 1 contract, valued at about $20 million, calls for the construction of a chilling plant with capacity of up to 30,000 tonnes. Qatar Cool is planning a second plant, number 2, which will have capacity of 20,000 tonnes and will be tendered separately. The design consultant on the plant element is the local Arab Engineering Bureauwith Tabreed. The network contract, also worth about $20 million, calls for the installation of 42 kilometres of pipe. The network consultant is the US' Parsons International. Both contracts are expected to be awarded in the second half of December, with completion set for the third quarter of 2005. Plant number 1 and 2 will be capable of meeting the cooling requirements of about 60 office buildings in the West Bay area.