The event marks the first centrifugal chiller order placed to MHI for delivery to Qatar. The Heart of Doha project aims to develop and revitalize a 35ha site in front of the Royal Palace of Qatar into an area that will comprehensively encompass public offices, hotels, high-quality commercial facilities and residential zones.
The project is being carried out by Dohaland, an organisation established by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2007.
The 14 units of MHI's AART-200EX chillers on order will be delivered through Drake & Scull Water & Power LLC (DSWP), the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of the Heart of Doha project.
The chillers will be installed in two locations - eight and six units, respectively - to provide district cooling from two points.
The AART-200EX achieves the world 's highest level of rated COP (coefficient of performance), and uses HFC-134a, a chlorine-free and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) refrigerant.
Dohaland is targeting the project to achieve LEED Platinum. It opted for MHI's centrifugal chillers in view of their significant energy saving and environmental friendliness.
Qatar has been promoting diversification of its industries in a quest to depart from heavy dependence on oil and natural gas and focus efforts on cultural, educational and broadcasting fields.
Also, having been selected to serve as host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country is now undergoing a boom in construction of various large facilities. This activity is expected to fuel demand for air-con systems over the medium and long term.
MHI is Japan's largest centrifugal chiller manufacturer, and it has supplied many systems for applications, including district cooling and air-con for plants and office/commercial buildings.
To date the company has received orders for 2,000 units of its HFC-134a refrigerant type centrifugal chillers.