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Empower awards $12mn Madinat cooling contract

OverseasAST to install chilled water pipes for Phase 4 of Jumeirah Group's hotel and leisure complex.

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Empower has awarded Dubai-based OverseasAST with a AED 46mn ($12.5mn) contract to install a chilled water pipe network across Madinat Jumeirah Phase 4 to outfit it with district cooling.

The world's largest district cooling company will supply 4,500 RT to the development by the beginning of Q4 2015.

This project contract marks the second phase of a larger contract with the Jumeirah Group that includes a 30,000 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) retrofit across several properties. The first load delivery for the overall project occurred in January 2015, for the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Comprehensive retrofitting plans for the Jumeirah Group include the construction of a 3 kilometer-long network of chilled water pipes for several properties, including the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Madinat Jumeirah hotels like Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf.

"Construction will also include a Non Destructive Road Crossing (NDRC) system, which will ensure minimal disturbance to daily traffic in the area," explained Ahmad Bin Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

"And by switching to Empower’s district cooling technologies, which use up to 50 percent less energy as traditional air- conditioning systems, we expect the Madinat Jumeirah to incur significant savings in operational costs in the near future."

Empower currently operates a more than 1 million RT portfolio encompassing some of Dubai’s biggest property developments.

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