Saudi Tabreed, the local arm of Abu Dhabi’s National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), has been awarded a $149m contract to provide a district cooling project at the Jabal Omar project in Mecca.

Saudi Tabreed has been selected by the local Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) to develop and build the first two phases of the district cooling plant, which will have a capacity of 55,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).

The 20-year build-own-operate-transfer agreement will be completed by a special purpose vehicle named Central District Cooling Company (CDCC). CDCC is 60 per cent owned by Saudi Tabreed and JODC has a 40 per cent share. 

In addition to the Jabal Omar development, Saudi Tabreed is also currently involved in two other major district cooling projects in Saudi Arabia. The company is in the final stages of completing the construction of a district cooling plant for state oil major Saudi Aramco and is also working on the second phase of a district cooling plant in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD). The KAFD plant will have a total capacity of 100,000 RT.