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Drake & Scull wins $47mn district cooling deal

Firm to build 2,500 RT plant to supply Abu Dhabi housing complex.

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Ahmad Al Naser, MD of Drake & Scull
Ahmad Al Naser, MD of Drake & Scull

Drake & Scull International (DSI) has been awarded a AED172mn ($46.8mn) contract to build a district cooling plant in Abu Dhabi.

The facility is to be used for a housing complex that has 1,357 residential units ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom, double-storey executive villas.

Under the terms of the agreement, subsidiary Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE) will design and build a plant with five chillers of 2,500 RT (refrigeration tons) capacity.

The work for the plant has already commenced and will be delivered in Q4 2015. Once complete, the plant will have a net production capacity of 12,500 RT. In addition, DSE will also carry out all related civil, mechanical and electrical work.

Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of DSE, said: “We are excited to note a resurgence in the UAE’s construction sector this year and anticipate a sustained momentum as we head towards the last quarter of 2014.

“This growth and optimism has resulted in the announcement of a total of AED800mn ($217.8mn) worth of new projects year to date in the UAE and we look forward to playing a vital role in future projects across multiple sectors.”

He added: “DSI pioneered the concept of district cooling in the UAE by building a plant for the Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai.

“We are delighted to note that the technology is being increasingly adopted in most of the region’s mega-projects, including the Information Technology Communications Complex in Saudi Arabia and Doha Land in Qatar and most recently the Lusail city in Qatar.

"District cooling plants have proven their effectiveness and capabilities in providing efficient cooling with lower energy consumption for cost effectiveness. Winning this contract is a prestigious achievement that reflects our advanced capability in delivering large-scale projects.”

DSE has several prominent projects in the UAE, including the Mall of the Emirates Expansion, Habtoor City, Louvre Museum, Maliha Hospital, Danat Al Emarat Hospital, and the Plaza View Development.

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