The environmental evaluation authority had approved the creation of a chilled water plant in the East dock basins of the port of Marseilles. It will be used to run the air-conditioning inside the buildings (housing, hotels, and offices) making up the planned Euromed Centre, located behind the Silo d’Arenc. Thassalia / Engie Cofely began work on the new installation on 30 September 2014.
The plant is installed at the port (under a long-term agreement with the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille). Water are drawn from the port’s dock basins, to take advantage of their stable temperatures.
The plant was inaugurated on October 2016. After a phasing-in period, by 2020 the plant will cover 500,000 m² of office space and will reduce energy use by 40%, water consumption by 65% and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.
Vidéo : Inauguration 2016