Micro tunnel brings cooling across Sheikh Zayed Road

Tunnel allows Tabreed to extend its district cooling operations to Emirates Towers side

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By  Eudore Chand Published  October 23, 2004

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) has opened a new micro tunnel that connects across and under Sheikh Zayed Road. The tunnel will enable Tabreed to augment its service capacity, and provide cooling services to buildings on the Emirates Towers side of the road. Tabreed already has an impressive clientele base on one side of Sheikh Zayed Road, including the Shangri-La Hotel, Towers Rotana, Tower Number One Suites, Noor Al Maarif School, Kharbash Tower and Park Place. “The tunnel will help us mirror the success on the other side of the road and by the level of interest expressed in our services, success will be a reality,” said Mohamed Al Qamzi, chief operating officer of Tabreed. “The tunnel is one of the longest in the region and is the second to be built by Tabreed, the first being in Abu Dhabi. The distinguishing feature of this tunnel is that it was constructed without disrupting the road or surrounding areas, unlike others in the region. Tunnel space and facilities can also be availed of by companies that wish to run power lines and fibre optic cables through it,” Al Qamzi explained. The system consists of two tunnels, one supplying the chilled water and the other returning it to the district cooling station. The tunnel has been placed at a depth of 6 m underground, with concrete sleeves of 1200mm inner and 1490mm outer diameter. District cooling is widely used throughout the UAE and around the world, piping chilled water from a centralised plant to a range of residential, commercial and government buildings. Landlords are attracted to the maintenance-free, economic and environmentally friendly cooling benefits of the technology, while tenants enjoy reduced ambient noise and better temperature control in their homes, making it the perfect solution to all cooling requirements. Tabreed has offered district cooling services as a utility in the UAE for over five years, pioneering energy efficient gas-fired and electric-powered district cooling solutions in the UAE and across the region. It has become the largest district cooling provider in the world.

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