Windy World Trade Center

World Trade Center, Bahrain

World Trade Center, Bahrain

Another great postcard coming from Edwin in Bahrain. It depicts the innovative building in the country’s capital, Manama, the Bahrain World Trade Center. These 240 meter high towers were designed by a South African architect named Shaun Killa and built by a South African construction company, that my sister used to work for, Murray & Roberts. They are also the first towers to make use of wind power as part of its design. The 3 turbines combined are expected to generate between 11% and 15% of the building’s energy needs per year, that is to say, between 1.1 and 1.3 GWh or enough energy to power about 300 homes. The project cost around $150 million to complete. Edwin tells me that there is a tragic story behind the celebration of the completion of the building. I remember the story but did not make the link between the building and the tragedy. A ferry on which the celebrations took place capsized and killed 68 people from Britain, South Africa, India, Singapore, Pakistan and Bahrain. Edwin also says that on that night, the sirens from ambulances could be heard all over the city. A very sad ending to a marvelous project.