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Construction starts on Empower's $46m Barsha Heights plant

The new facility will replace three semi-permanent plants in the Dubai suburb

The UAE's Empower has started construction on a $46m (AED169m) cooling plant in Dubai suburb Barsha Heights.
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The UAE's Empower has started construction on a $46m (AED169m) cooling plant in Dubai suburb Barsha Heights.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has started construction on a $46m (AED169m) cooling plant in Dubai suburb Barsha Heights.

According to a company statement, the new plant will have a total capacity of 31,250 refrigeration tons (RT) and will replace three semi-permanent plants located in the area.

Construction will take 56 weeks and will be carried out in two phases, with the new plant expected to start operations in December 2019, Empower said.

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Empower, which describes itself as the world’s largest district cooling services provider, said the project will “take into account the standards of sustainable green buildings and the modern urban developments of Dubai”, as well as the overall appearance of the area and the surrounding buildings’ architecture.

With this in mind, the project is expected to be awarded the Leed Gold certification for green buildings, promoted by the US Green Building Council.

Speaking on the news, Ahmad Bin Shafar, chief executive officer of Empower, said the plant would contribute to “increasing the operational efficiency of semi-permanent plants in this area”, which he said is characterised by continuous development and expansion.

READ: Two new district cooling plants coming to Dubai's Business Bay

“This will also encourage urban developers and contractors to develop their projects according to the district cooling mechanism, and to benefit from Empower’s pioneer services,” he added.

Empower currently operates more than 1.34 million RT across Dubai, providing cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, and Dubai Healthcare City.

Last month saw the group ink a contract with Ithra Dubai, a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Dubai, to supply district cooling services worth 45,000 RT for the latter’s high-profile Deira Waterfront development.

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