Safety milestone for Khalifa International Stadium Energy Centre
An event was held at the Khalifa International Stadium – Aspire Zone Energy Centre precinct to celebrate the landmark. This was part of a series of safety-related events organised by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and its partners across all stadium sites currently under construction. Safety recognition initiatives are held on a regular basis across all proposed host venue construction sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
GALFAR AL MISNAD ENGG. & CONTG. W.L.L. is the main contractor on the Khalifa International Stadium Energy Center, with other companies on site such as Al Khayarin Group, METSCCO, Energy-tech, Bluestar and Naffco. These organisations, including their on-site workers, took part in the celebratory event.
Gary D. Higham, Site Senior Safety Engineer, SC Technical Delivery Office, said: "Coordination has been paramount in achieving this milestone. So too the excellent management and facilities on site, in addition to the high standards of healthcare and superb team work seven days a week."
Nigel Valvona, SC Site Construction Health & Safety Programme Manager, emphasised that safety continues to be a priority for the SC with over 33 million man-hours without Lost Time Accidents reached across all the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ construction sites. He said: "23 million of these hours were at construction sites thanks to our clear mission to work safe to deliver an amazing World Cup."
Certifications to contractors, consultants and a number of workers were handed out by Engineer Sultan Al-Madeed, Project Manager – Aspire Zone Foundation, and Engineer Mohemed Ahmed, Khalifa International Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City Project Manager at SC. The event was attended by senior personnel from GALFAR AL MISNAD ENGG. & CONTG. W.L.L. headed by Hema Chandran Swami Raju, Sr. General Manager (Infrastructure), who highlighted the importance of the team working toward safe completion of the project.
The energy centre will not only serve Khalifa International Stadium, but also Aspire Academy buildings, the sports hall, the fitness centre and the aquatic centre. The plant's tonnage capacity comes from numbers of chillers, along with a thermal energy storage tank. These installations cater to the cooling demands of the stadium as well as the Aspire Zone Foundation buildings.
The aim of the energy centre is to centralise the cooling infrastructure, offsetting the need for separate rooms in each building within the Aspire Zone Foundation. Consequently, the centre brings in about 40 percent improved energy efficiency and 20 percent life-cycle cost savings.
Chilled water, which is supplied by the energy centre, will be carried to all the connecting buildings through an underground tunnel. Automation controls will regulate the flow of chilled water to the stadium and each building. The centre will not only be important for its clean energy output, but also the commitment to sustainable practices that it represents as Qatar builds towards a better future.