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Empower on way to become UAEs top district cooling services provider

February 1st, 2005

Empower is about to finalize a 90,000 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) District Cooling Services project for the Dubai International Financial Centre. 
Once the DIFC plant is commissioned, Empower will become the largest district cooling services provider in the UAE.
“For DIFC, our plan is to develop two plants, the first of 60,000 RT and a second of 30,000 RT,” says Ahmad M. Al Shafar, chief executive officer of Empower, which is a joint venture between the Dubai technology and Media Free Zone Authority and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

“We have already provided DCS solutions of 4,000 RT for the gate building at DIFC. This is being extended to 10,500 by adding the facilities making up the Gate Zone.”

When it reaches full development, DIFC will cover around 25 to 27 million square feet of gross floor area. The expected completion date is mid -2007. 
Launched in late 2003, Empower immediately won the Jumeirah Beach residence (JBR) contract, which was for 60,000 RT. At that time, it was the largest single location district cooling project in the Middle East.
With the overall JBR development in full swing Empower “will be delivering the full solution by the fourth quarter of 2005,” says Al Shafar.
The concept to set up Empower derived from the Dubai government’s emphasis on reducing energy consumption. And the major factor driving up consumption was air conditioning.
“Another on-going project is for Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC, this time for 55,000 RT. Since last November Empower has been offering temporary solution to the project until the permanent plant is ready.”
The design is in the final stages and the completion of the DCS plant at DHCC is set for June 2006.
The official said that Empower is looking at raising its capital base from the current DH500 million given the scale of the new projects that it expects to handle in the medium term. There are prospective ones for Dubailand and Business Bay.

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