New cooling system for business bay area in March

The new district cooling plant will add 20,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) to the current 90,000 RT provided by Empower's two cooling systems that serve 90 buildings around Business bay area

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower
Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower

Dubai’s business bay area will have another cooling system added in March after the commission of district cooling plant 3 (BB-3) project.

Work on the plant, which has a capacity of 20,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT), is progressing according to schedule.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider awarded the $50.6mn contract to Gulf District Cooling to build the plant early this year.

“We have chosen the right partners to the (BB –3) project,” said HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower.

“We are delighted that all works are progressing according to the schedule, and this will significantly expand our operations in Business Bay, one of the most vibrant areas and ever-expanding business and residential districts of Dubai.”

Empower currently operates two district cooling systems in Dubai’s Business Bay neighbourhood, providing 90,000 RT to around 90 buildings.

The company is on track to build a multi-facility district cooling network in the area, which will provide residential, retail and commercial real estate developments with up to 300,000 RT of cooling services.

As of now, civil structural works have been completed as well as the Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP) works. The cooling tower basin work is still on progress.

The high voltage switchgears, transformers and pumps will be delivered to the site by end of December 2015.

“Every technical aspect is managed and operated to ensure optimum efficiency and sustainability. Accordingly, BB – 3 is also being built to be certified by LEED. The developed infrastructure in Business Bay requires world-class district cooling plant, and we are fully competent to meet the requirements,” added Bin Shafar.

Empower currently operates more than 1 Million RT, covering areas such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.



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