Bin Shafar: "This third plant will boost our operations in Business Bay"
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has recorded impressive progress on its Business Bay District Cooling Plant 3 (BB – 3) project. Construction is in progressaccording to schedule, and the plantwill start operation with a capacity of 20,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).
Empower currently operates two district cooling systems in Dubai’s Business Bay neighborhood, providing 90,000 RT to around 90 buildings. The company is on track to build a multi-facility district cooling network in the area, which will provide residential, retail and commercial real estate developments with up to 300,000 RT of cooling services.
Empower awarded the AED186 million contractto Gulf District Cooling to build the plant, in March 2015. “We have chosen the right partners to the (BB –3) project,” says HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower. “We are delighted that all works areprogressing according to the schedule, and this will significantly expand our operations in Business Bay, one of the most vibrant areas and ever-expanding business and residential districts of Dubai.”
As of now, civil structural works have been completed as well as the Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP) works. The cooling tower basin workis still on progress. The high voltage switchgears, transformers and pumps will be delivered to the site by end of December 2015.
“Every technical aspect is managed and operated to ensure optimum efficiency and sustainability. Accordingly, BB – 3 is also being built to be certified by LEED. The developed infrastructure in Business Bay requires world-class district cooling plant, and we are fully competent to meet the requirements,” added Bin Shafar.
“When operational, BB – 3 will be integral to the development of the Business Bay area. We are planning to surpass our previous milestones, to set a new bar on how world-class district cooling infrastructure should be designed,” concluded Bin Shafar.
Empower’s secondBusiness Bay facility (BB – 2) has earned a Gold rating in Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED®), the first in the Middle East region to get such recognition. LEED certifications, granted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), are a global benchmark in sustainable design.
Empower currently operates more than 1 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.