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

Empower's Business Bay 3 and 4 plants will have a combined cooling capacity of 90,000 RT, and will use AI tech to cut energy consumption

Empower will build two AI-compatible district cooling plants in Dubai's Business Bay neighbourhood.
Empower will build two AI-compatible district cooling plants in Dubai's Business Bay neighbourhood.

Dubai’s Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corp (Empower) has revealed plans to construct two district cooling plants featuring artificial intelligence (AI) in Business Bay that will raise its capacity in the neighbourhood to 225,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).

A contract has been signed to design the plants, currently named Business Bay 3 and Business Bay 4. Together, they will have a cooling capacity of 90,000 RT, allowing Empower to fulfil a master agreement inked in 2005 to supply 350,000 RT of phased cooling to Business Bay.

Construction Week has contacted a media representative of Empower for details about the design contract, and the expected release date of construction tenders for the projects.

As of 2017, the company had 73 district cooling plants across all its markets, and the company said the new plants will be constructed based on sustainable green building standards, as well as to match Business Bay’s surroundings and architectural palette.

Both plants will use “advanced technologies”, including AI, targeted at reducing the consumption of energy during cooling processes. Sewage water and thermal energy storage systems are also being deployed for the projects. The facilities will be connected to Empower’s centralised command and control centre that provides real-time information about the operations of all the company’s plants.

READ: UAE's Empower wins 3,600RT district cooling contract for Dubai Arena

Commenting on the development, Ahmad Bin Shafar, chief executive officer of Empower, said: “Building two district cooling plants in Business Bay in Dubai is an important milestone for Empower and an addition to the district cooling plants we run in a number of prestigious projects in Dubai.

The increase in the number of district cooling plants reflects the high demand for district cooling systems across the emirate, and indicates the wide-spread of district cooling services in various sectors.”

2018 has been a positive period for Empower, with the firm signing on high-profile projects such as Al Barari, Dubai Arena, Cityland Mall, The Address Hotel Dubai, and Zabeel One so far this year. At the end of 2017, the company – which currently operates 1.34 million RT of plants – was providing district cooling services to 1,000 buildings.  

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