Tabreed signs district cooling concession agreement in India

Khaled Abdulla Al QubaisiNational Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed), one of the leading UAE-based international cooling providers, has signed a 30-year concession agreement for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000 refrigeration tonnes (RTs) with India’s Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA)

Under the agreement, Tabreed will build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) India’s first district cooling system in Amaravati, capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This will be Tabreed’s first plant outside its GCC market.

Tabreed’s district cooling system is part of the Indian state’s aim to create jobs and homes along with a world-class infrastructure, a green city and efficient resource management.

Tabreed’s system is expected to meet cooling requirements for Andhra Pradesh’s assembly, high court, secretariat and other government buildings that are currently under construction, for which cooling services will commence from early 2021.

Jasim Husain Thabet, CEO of Tabreed, commented, “Our focus will be on delivering high quality and cost-effective cooling solution to provide long-term benefits for the Andhra Pradesh government.”

Compared to other cooling systems, district cooling uses about 50 per cent of primary energy consumption for cooling urban buildings, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. The solution also has associated benefits of improvement in air quality and reduction in general noise levels when compared to other traditional air conditioning systems.

Exploring other growth opportunities across India, Tabreed is further working with the UN Environment’s District Energy in Cities Initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership that assists developing countries and cities to accelerate their transition to lower carbon and climate resilient societies through modern district energy systems.

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