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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).