Johnson Controls wins Makkah contract
Jeddah, November 8, 2010
Johnson Controls, a leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, said it has won a contract for the expansion of the historic mosque in Makkah.
As per the contract, Johnson Controls will provide an integrated building management system including state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) for the largest-ever expansion of the mosque, the company said in a statement.
The contract includes the purchase of 27 York multistage centrifugal chillers to produce one of the most efficient and sustainable facilities of its kind in the world, it added.
Yahia Binladin, deputy chairman of Saudi Binladin Group and Stephen Roell, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Controls signed the contract at the Saudi Binladin Group headquarters in Jeddah in the presence of Basil Abdulaziz, managing director for Al Salem Johnson Controls, a JV between Saudi Binladin Group and Johnson Controls.
"We have supplied six York Chillers for the Prophet’s Mosque in 1990’s which are still operating effectively today," said Abdulaziz.
Built in the 7th Century, the mosque has been modified, rebuilt and expanded on a regular basis ever since. As a result of this most recent expansion, which began in 1982, the Holy Mosque can accommodate more than one million worshippers during Ramadan and during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
“The signing of this contract is the culmination of a long journey to win this unique and prestigious order - and also one of the largest single HVAC equipment orders in the history of Johnson Controls,” said Roell.
“We are particularly pleased that these products, which are specifically tailored to meet the expansion requirements of the Holy Mosque, will contribute to a more efficient and sustainable environment that supports the comfort of the millions of people who visit this site annually,” he added.
The York chillers will be installed at the Shamiyah central utility complex and Ajyad chiller plant, and provide 135,000 tons of refrigeration capacity.
Using environmentally friendly R134A refrigerant, the chillers are equipped with solid state starters and variable-speed drives (VSDs) that are seamlessly integrated with a Johnson Controls Metasys building management system for a unique, energy efficient solution to the cooling challenges of such a large and unique facility, said Roell.
The Johnson Controls solution also will support the facility’s sustainability goals through various water and energy conservation solutions, he added.
“We are proud of our relationship with Johnson Controls, which dates back to 1993,” said Saleh Binladin, executive board member of Al Salem Johnson Controls’ joint venture.
"In addition to the Two Holy Mosques, Johnson Controls also secured numerous mega projects in the Kingdom including King Abdullah of Science and Technology University, King Faisal University, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Hajj Terminal, King Saud University, King Khaled University, Hadeed-Sabic and Princess Noura University for Women," he added.
Bakr M Binladin, chairman and managing director of Saudi Binladin Group, said, “These deals demonstrate the robustness and security of our nation’s economy under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.”-TradeArabia News Service