UAE-based international cooling provider National Central Cooling Company announced it has entered into a 30 year concession for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000 refrigeration tons (RTs) with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to build, own, operate and transfer India’s first district cooling system in Amaravati – the new capital 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 of Andhra Pradesh’s vision for Amaravati to create jobs and homes along with a world-class infrastructure, a green city, and efficient resource management. In addition and in line with the ambitious plans for this greenfield capital city of Andhra Pradesh to be amongst the most sustainable cities in the world, Tabreed’s system will meet cooling requirements for the State’s Assembly, High Court, Secretariat and other government buildings that are currently under construction, for which cooling services will commence from early 2021.
Compared to other cooling systems, district cooling uses only 50% of primary energy consumption for cooling urban buildings thereby reducing CO2 emissions. This highly efficient and cost-effective form of air conditioning 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 actively 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.