Empower awards AED133m construction contract for its cooling plant at Al Khail Gate

    31 Jul 2021

    Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) announced that it had awarded the main construction contract to build its new permanent plant at Al Khail Gate with a total value of more than AED133 million, WAM reports.

    Construction has already begun and is managed under the direct supervision of Empower’s in-house projects team. The new advanced plant will have a total capacity of 32,000 refrigeration tones (RT) covering the Al Khail Gate development, yet one of Dubai’s vital residential projects comprises 33 buildings with 5,665 units.

    With 84 plants and a district cooling transmission and distribution network running for more than 350.4 km, Empower holds more than 76% of Dubai’s total district cooling market. Last year, AED1.39 billion was invested by the company in building new district cooling plants, expanding the pipeline network, concluding contracts to establish thermal energy exchange rooms, and carrying out consultation and engineering works.

    “The new advanced permanent plant will replace the existing two semi-permanent plants,” Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said.

    “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,” he added.

    Bin Shafar also highlighted that it is a new generation plant and will be connected to the company’s Command Control Centre (CCC) and operated via advanced technologies. This will ensure uninterrupted and high-quality cooling services for the customers and guarantee that practical and advanced solutions are employed to support sustainability by striking the required balance between economic development and environmental conservation.

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