District Cooling: A market poised for strong growth in KSA

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2nd Annual District Cooling Arabia 2016 conference to focus on the regulatory aspects, identifying opportunities and overcoming key challenges in the District Cooling industry in the region.

Riyadh: There has been a marked shift towards sustainability and ‘green technologies’ globally. Saudi Arabia is not very far behind implementing the ‘green’ movement. With temperatures soaring well above 45 degrees in the summer, air conditioning accounts for about 70% of the total electricity consumption in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(KSA). Planners and consumers have realized that District Cooling (DC) offers better cooling services at a fraction of the price of conventional air conditioning.

The 2nd Annual District Cooling Arabia 2016 conference will be taking place from the 18th and 19th of October 2016 at the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, Riyadh, KSA. The conference will witness key stakeholders, policy and decision makers from the District Cooling and utility sector participating and engaging in-depth dialogues on energy security and key issues of the DC industry in the region.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Monis Mosfi-City Cool (CEO), Mohammed Sami Chatila-Shaker LD (Technical Support & Training Manager) and Fawaz A Alharbi-Jeddah Economic Company (Head of Master Planning) which will focus on the Saudi Arabian outlook on District Cooling. The conference will explore the regulatory perspective, design processes, chilled water distribution systems and the future of DC in the kingdom.

Dr. Anwar Hassan,VP for Field Sales and Operations, Al Salem Johnson Controls KSA, stated “Recently, a Royal Decree made the use of District Cooling in certain government projects mandatory, and the respective regulations were being developed accordingly.” He added “One of the greatest advantages of district cooling system is that it is up to 50% more energy efficienct. This technology is made for larger government as well as private investors’ projects of the same scale. Project owners should push their consultants to opt for District Cooling due to the many benefits it offers, that best serve the interest of all who need to cut on their power cost and gain more dependable air conditioning, government and private projects alike. The introduction and development of District Cooling in Saudi Arabia is supported by the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) and H.H. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman. Without their advocacy, this major achievement would not have come about, and it falls into the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.”   Al Salem Johnson Controls KSA are also the Diamond sponsors at the conference.

The 2nd Annual District Cooling Arabia 2016 conference brings forth an excellent opportunity for industry leaders, key decision makers and professionals to explore the latest market trends, share insights and brilliant networking opportunities with regulators, ministries and government officials, urban planning and infrastructure developers, energy and utility companies and international energy agencies.

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