Empower converts selected Jumeirah Group properties to district cooling
January 5th, 2015
• Empower to convert conventional cooling systems at iconic properties of Jumeirah Group
• More than 30,000 RT retrofit expected to come on-stream, starting from January 2015
Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, is set to construct more than 30,000 Refrigeration Tonne (RT) facilities of district cooling systems for the Jumeirah Group, it was announced today.
“Jumeirah Group’s properties in Dubai are among the most modern, memorable and luxurious in the city and key features of the Dubai skyline,” said H.E. Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, Empower. “Empower currently serves district cooling to 70 hotels in Dubai and we are delighted to be extending this service to a number of Jumeirah Group’s properties in the city. We hope that our experience and expertise will help Jumeirah Group to improve its already world-class hospitality services to its customers.”
The signing ceremony for the district cooling agreement was held at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah on 23 December 2014. The project will include retrofits for several properties including Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Madinat Jumeirah, which includes the existing three hotels – Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf – as well as the conference facilities, Souk Madinat and the 340-room extension to Madinat Jumeirah, which is currently under construction.
First load delivery is expected in January 2015 to Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with subsequent developments expected to come on-stream within the next two years. Retrofitting plans will replace the less efficient chillers currently in place. Empower’s scope of services includes constructing, supplying, installing, operating, servicing and maintaining the Cooling Plant which shall be constructed at the location.
“By switching over to district cooling technologies, which use significantly less energy compared to conventional cooling systems, we are expecting a considerable saving in the electricity now consumed by our properties,” said Mr. Gerald Lawless, Jumeirah Group President and Group CEO. “Our partnership with Empower reflects an association of two Dubai-based entities that have a track record for world-class services, growth and professionalism.”
Empower’s existing district cooling services network consists of more than one million RT of capacity across many landmark real estate projects in Dubai including Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah and Discovery Gardens and many others.
“This project is a significant demonstration that district cooling providing energy-saving solutions for all kinds of real estate developments,” continued Bin Shafar. “Empower has the expertise and technological know-how to retrofit a diverse set of buildings in a way that makes sense for the owners. We hope that this project further inspires other real estate developments to switch over to this technology.”