In a press conference this week, the CEO of Energy City Qatar (ECQ), Hesham al-Emadi, expressed confidence that the $2.6 billion project will be completed by 2012, despite some delays last year due to the economic downturn and rising cost of raw materials, the Qatari Tribune reported.
ECQ is touted as the Middle East’s first energy business center designed to exclusively cater to the commercial, technical and human resource needs of global and regional energy companies. The project will encompass 1.2 square kilometers and employ as many as 20,000 people.
Al-Emadi said that infrastructure work is slated to be finalized by the end of this year, with about 60% of the project to be completed by the end of 2011, the Qatari daily reported.
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) announced this week that it has signed a 16-year contract with ECQ to support an advanced data center for the project’s tenants. The data center is also on schedule to be operational in 2012.
As previously reported in the Green Prophet, Energy City Qatar features an “all-green” design including unique solar paneling and cooling systems. The Qatari Tribune notes that the project will incorporate “multiple sustainable technologies to achieve a LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Gold certification” – including thin-film PV modules, wind towers and passive solar shading, as well as “indigenous landscaping and other environmentally sensitive design strategies.”