November 20th, 2013
Empower, the leading district cooling provider in the Middle East, has signed a deal with the Al Habtoor Group to supply 17,500 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) of district cooling to the US $3bn mixed-use Al Habtoor City project.
Empower will deliver the district cooling service in three phases starting from May 2015
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to supply district cooling to what will be one of the most exciting developments in Dubai. The project is a sign of rapidly improving market confidence in Dubai and we look forward to adding Al Habtoor City to our ever-expanding portfolio,” said Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.
“For Al Habtoor, partnering with Empower is a well-thought out decision. District cooling provides healthy and environment-friendly air conditioning and adds value to the aesthetics of the realty. While considering district cooling in Al Habtoor City, Empower is our first choice with its experience in project handling, technical, operational and innovation excellence, and flawless customer service. With Empower, we are sure that Al Habtoor City will become one of the prime locations for privileged living in Dubai,” said Mohammad Al Habtoor.
Located on a 10 million square foot plot on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Habtoor City will be the largest integrated hotel complex in the Middle East when complete in 2016 comprising three hotels with a total of 1,675 rooms and will be the largest hospitality and entertainment development in the world. The hotels will be St. Regis owned by Starwood, W Dubai and Westin Dubai. The project also includes three luxury residential towers, food and beverage venues, a French-inspired garden and an iconic Las Vegas style aqua theatre.
The development will also feature the world’s first Bentley café, 11 executive penthouses and a broad range of other amenities.
District cooling systems can help save up to 50% of total power consumption compared to traditional systems while at the same time supporting the rising power demand in Dubai. In 2012, Empower saved 320 MW, enough to power 65 buildings with more than 400,000 RT of installed cooling capacity.