July 14th, 2011
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has started the fourth phase of the 70,000 refrigeration tonne (RT) district cooling network from the Bay Square until the end of Business Bay on north west side. This forms part of the company’s move to provide integrated district cooling services to the entire Business Bay project.
The company had announced earlier the completion of third phase of the project which includes “The Bay Square” extending to the rear of the Executive Towers with 50000 refrigeration tonne (RT).
Empower has implemented the project with a high level of efficiency, seamlessness, precision and within the set budget and timeline.
Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “We have divided the implementation of district cooling network of Business Bay, which is one of the busiest and dynamic business spots not only of Dubai but also of the Middle East, into three phases as per demand and supply. We worked according to the timeline by constructing temporary and semi permanent work stations. Best of breed technologies were used in constructing this world class network to ensure highest performance and quality.”
Bin Shafar added: “We did due diligence all the stages of implementing this project by clearly identifying priorities, responsibilities and roles and overcoming many challenges that cropped up. This project plays a crucial role in saving natural resources by saving electricity and water consumption in all the residential and business units. The start of the third phase of the district cooling network reflects the high caliber of our staff who have been working on similar challenging jobs since the inception of Empower in 2003.”
Empower provides energy-efficient district cooling services to Business Bay along other projects including large-scale real estate developments such as Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Beach Residence and City Of Arabia.
“We are pleased that district cooling is gaining wider recognition in the region. District cooling systems (DCS) achieve economies of scale by using centralised plants instead of individual cooling units in each building. The centralised system results in reduced capital and operating costs, thus reducing air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building,” said Bin Shafar.
Bin Shafar added: “This new network saves energy with a percentage of 40 percent. We are satisfied with Empower’s role in disseminating the district cooling technology in the UAE via this world class network”.