Up to eighteen local and international companies are bidding for the design contract of two district cooling plants in Dubai’s Business Bay, it was announced on Sunday.
The two projects will add more than 8,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR) to Empower’s (the district cooling provider) operations in Business Bay, the company said in a statement.
“The launch of the two plants by 2014 will boost Empower’s production by 20%. Our aim is to meet the rapidly growing demand of our customers in what is shaping into one of the most dynamic locations in the emirate of Dubai,” said Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.
“Stringent selection criteria have been laid down to ensure that the right company gets the job of designing the two plants. We urge local companies to participate in this bid and we assure them that they would be given higher priority vis-a-vis international companies,” he added.
The two power plants, which are scheduled to serve an area of 5kms, will be built, designed and operated according to the best international standards, Bin Shafar said.
Formed as a joint venture between TECOM and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Empower now produces more than 360,000TR cooling annually.
It serves a set of major real estate projects in Dubai, including Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Beach Residence and City of Arabia, along with Business Bay.
“More and more residents and businesses are benefitting from our services. The importance of switching to district cooling, which is an alternative to conventional air conditioning, is commendable. These two plants will further enhance our lead position in the district cooling industry in the MENA region,” Bin Shafar said.