Dubai, UAE, 19 September 2018: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) announced, via a Press communiqué, that it will increase its cooling capacity in Business Bay, by adding two new District Cooling plants to the company’s existing three plants in the area.
Empower has signed a contract to design two new cooling plants, which will meet the growing demand for District Cooling in Business Bay, the communiqué said. The two plants, combined, will have a cooling capacity of 90,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR) and once the plants are operational, the total capacity of the project will reach 225,000 TR, the communiqué further said. Empower had signed a master agreement in 2005, to supply the Business Bay area with a total capacity of 350,000 TR, in phases, the communiqué added.
The new District Cooling plants, which add to Empower’s 73 cooling plants, as of 2017, are labelled as Business Bay 4 and Business Bay 5, the communiqué said.
Commenting on the contract, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said: “Building two District Cooling plants in Business Bay in Dubai is an important milestone for Empower. These plants will enhance our ability to provide District Cooling systems to all the buildings and projects in the Business Bay district. This contributes to energy conservation, protection of the environment, preservation of natural resources, and saving maintenance and operational costs.”
According to Empower, the new plants will be constructed as per the standards of sustainable Green Buildings and will incorporate advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence. The communiqué said the new plants will reduce the consumption of energy used in cooling processes through sustainable methodologies, such as using treated sewage water and thermal energy storage systems. The communiqué also said that these plants will be connected to Empower’s centralised Command Control Centre, which provides real-time information and an overview of plant operations.