Empower commissions new Business Bay cooling plant

The plant is the first to be built with green building principles

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower.

Empower has begun commissioning the region’s first district cooling plant to be constructed in line with green building principles.

The new facility provides 45,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) of cooling services to developments in Dubai’s Business Bay neighbourhood.

“The commissioning of the new Business Bay plant is a demonstration of how seriously Empower takes sustainability,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, 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.”

The plant is Empower’s second facility in the Business Bay area and increases the geographic scope of the company to include buildings from Sheikh Zayed Road to Al Khail Road.

The construction of the plant was completed in just over a year and includes state of the art infrastructure such as pumps, chillers, water tanks, cooling towers and office space.

According to Empower, this is the fastest commissioning of a district cooling facility of its size in the Middle East.

“The completion of the Business Bay plant reflects our continued commitment to providing secure and reliable cooling services to an expanding base of customers,” Bin Shafar added. “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.”

At one million RT, Empower operates the world’s largest district cooling portfolio. The company’s existing network covers landmark real estate developments like Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, and Business Bay, among others.


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