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ADNOC and Tabreed Begin Operations at Geothermal Cooling Plant in Masdar City

By District Energy posted 12-05-2023 16:01


Renewable Energy Magazine


ADNOC and the National Central Cooling Company PJSC have started operations at G2COOL, the first district cooling project in the gulf region to harness geothermal energy. The plant will further decarbonize the way buildings are cooled in Masdar City while diversifying the UAE’s energy mix in support of the UAE National Energy Strategy 2050.

The G2COOL plant produces naturally occurring hot water found underground through two geothermal wells. The hot water is fed into absorbtion cooling technology to produce the chilled water needed by Tabreed for its district cooling activities. The chilled water derived from this source of clean energy accounts for 10% of Masdar City’s cooling needs.

The project is enabled by ADNOC’s initial $15 billion allocation towards low carbon solutions and will support its decarbonization plan and net zero by 2045 ambition.   

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Executive Director for Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, said, “This project is the latest in ADNOC’s strategy to develop and deploy technologies that will help our company and country to decarbonize. For the very first time, we have tapped into the abundance of clean underground thermal energy available here in the UAE. 

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