Empower on track with world largest district cooling project
The expansion works being carried out in Business Bay reflect the increased demand on district cooling systems across Dubai
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, is on its way in establishing the world’s largest district cooling project by increasing its capacity of district cooling in Business Bay, based on the contract signed in 2005.
The contract stipulates providing Business Bay with 350,000 Refrigeration Tons (RT), in completion of its expansion plans to cover the entire Business Bay district and to meet the incremental demand on district cooling services in this dynamic part of Dubai.
Currently, Business Bay is served by 3 major district cooling plants with a total capacity of 135,000 RT, owned by Empower named as Business Bay 1, Business Bay 2 and Business 3 located inside the district.
As part of the expansion plan, 3 more plants, Business Bay 4, Business Bay 5 and Business 6 are upcoming in the same district with the capacity of meeting the increased demand on district cooling services in Business Bay.
The collective capacity is expected to reach 350,000 RT by the completion of all stages of this project, which is the largest project of its kind worldwide.
The Business Bay 2 and Business Bay 3 plants were built according to the US Green Building Standards, and have also obtained the certificate of LEED ‘GOLD’ Standards.
All plants in Business Bay project are following sustainable methodologies by using Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) and Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technologies and connected to Empower’s Centralised Command Center, which provides real-time information and overview about plant operations.
To maintain the overall attire of the district, special attention has been given to the architectural design of all plants which goes along with the comprehensive architectural development of this area.
The upcoming plants, which incorporate digital technologies and AI applications apart from TES and TSE technologies that contribute to the reduction of power consumption in cooling operations, will align with the overall view of the district and the external look of the buildings. The upcoming plants,
“The expansion works we are carrying out in Business Bay reflect the increased demand on district cooling systems, not only in this district, but all over Dubai as well, underscoring that we have advanced infrastructure contributing to providing world-class cooling services that are effective and efficient, and align with the adopted environment-friendly international standards,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.
Empower currently operates over 1.34 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Design District and International Media Production Zone, among others.