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Empower starts operations in Middle East’s first green District Cooling facility

Design is in line with LEED building principles and Dubai Executive Council’s directives on environmental sustainability

| | Aug 21, 2014 | 1:40 pm
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Design is in line with LEED building principles and Dubai Executive Council’s directives on environmental sustainability

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Empower, the District Cooling services provider, has announced that it has begun commissioning the region’s first District Cooling plant built in line with green building principles.

Ahmad Bin Shafar

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO – Empower

Touted as the fastest commissioning of a District Cooling facility of its size in the Middle East, the construction of the plant was reportedly completed in just over a year, and is said to include state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as pumps, chillers, water tanks, cooling towers and office space.

The plant, said Empower, is its second facility in the Business Bay area, and provides 45,000 Tonnes of Refrigeration (TR) of cooling services to developments in Dubai’s Business Bay, thus increasing the geographic scope of the company to include buildings from Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Khail Road.

“The commissioning of the new Business Bay plant is a demonstration of how seriously Empower takes sustainability,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower. “The facility has been planned according to international and regional benchmarks in sustainability – the design is in line with LEED building principles, as well as Dubai Executive Council’s directives on environmental sustainability…. This plant will be an integral part of a multi- facility District Cooling network in Business Bay. On completion, the Business Bay network will provide residential, retail and commercial real estate developments with up to 300,000 RT of cooling services.”


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