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Empower awards $16mn district cooling contracts

Bin Shafar-led firm to expand network in Dubai's Al Habtoor City and IMPZ.

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Ahmad bin Shafar
Ahmad bin Shafar

Empower has awarded 60 AEDmn ($16.3mn) contracts for network expansion in Dubai’s Business Bay area and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).

The contract includes AED 41mn worth network expansion work by Wade Adams and a AED 19mn contract to supply pre- insulated pipes and fittings by ELIPS, the world’s largest district cooling services provider said in a statement.

Construction work will involve the extension of Empower’s chilled water network to new buildings in Al Habtoor City, via the company’s facilities in Business Bay, and IMPZ.

The two projects have a total length of 6 kilometres of chilled water network, and are expected to be completed by January and May 2015 respectively.

“Empower is known for its world- class district cooling networks in new developments and portfolio expansions,” said H.E Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.

“We are also keen to grow within our existing portfolio and network expansions to Al Habtoor City and within IMPZ are a demonstration of this strategy.”

The project involves the supply of district cooling services to retail, commercial and residential developments like the St. Regis Hotel, W Hotel, and Westin Dubai in Al Habtoor City, as well as Me’aisem City Centre, Dubai National Investment Company staff accommodation building and Makateb building in IMPZ.

Once Empower links its network to the new buildings, it will add an estimated 30,000 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) capacity to its plants in both areas.

“We are looking forward to working with Wade Adams on these projects,” added Bin Shafar. “This venture is notable because it demonstrates Empower’s organic growth—we provide services that are safe, reliable and trustworthy to thousands of customers around Dubai.”

Established by a Decree in 2003, today the company operates 1 million Refrigeration Tonne (RT) capacity including iconic real estate developments in Dubai like Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Design District, IMPZ among others.

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