Dubai’s Empower awards construction contract for Al Khail Gate cooling plant

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Dubai-based district cooling provider Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has awarded the main construction contract to build its new permanent plant at Al Khail Gate with a total value of more than $36 million (AED133 million).

The construction has already commenced and is being handled by Empower’s in-house project team. According to the reports, “The new advanced plant will have a total capacity of 32,000 refrigeration tones (RT) that will cover the Al Khail Gate development, which is, yet one of Dubai’s vital residential projects comprises 33 buildings with 5,665 units.”

Empower controls more than 76 percent of Dubai’s total district cooling market, with 84 plants and a district cooling transmission and distribution network running for more than 350.4 kilometers.

Ahmad bin Shafar
Ahmad bin Shafar
CEO – Empower

“The new advanced permanent plant will replace the existing two semi-permanent plants. Given the huge urban expansion and the great demand for housing, the company was promoted to gear up. Since the last year, Empower has managed to complete the preparation of the new plant site and adopted global design and construction standards. Upon completion, the total capacity of the new plant will reach 32,000 refrigeration tons.”

Mr. Bin Shafar also remarked that it is a new generation facility that will be linked to the company’s Command Control Centre (CCC) and run using innovative technologies. “This will ensure uninterrupted and high-quality cooling services for the customers and to guarantee that practical and advanced solutions are employed to support sustainability by striking the required balance between economic development and environmental preservation,” he further added.

Last year, the company invested $378 million (AED1.39 billion) in building new district cooling plants, expanding the pipeline network, concluding contracts to develop thermal energy exchange rooms, and carrying out consultation and engineering works.

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