Empower to expand cooling infrastructure
Dubai, January 27, 2010
Emirates Central Cooling (Empower), a Tecom-Dewa joint venture and the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has announced expansion plans to meet the rising demand for district cooling.
The initiative comes at a time when total square footage committed to district cooling provided by the company reached 40 million sq ft covering 80 buildings in 2009.
The plans included bidding for more projects which are keen to gain from the benefits delivered by district cooling and its environment-friendly features.
Demand for district cooling has been increasing rapidly in the last decade. In the UAE, it was firstly used in the 1970s at the Dubai International Airport. It started being adopted commercially in 1998 with the real estate boom in the country. The adoption rate in this technology has remarkably increased in the past five years especially amongst large scale projects.
“We succeeded in building world class district cooling infrastructure that is considered an ideal economic and environmental solution for residential and commercial units, offices and hotels,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.
“In Dubai, residential units are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of using district cooling system as an alternative to conventional AC systems, leading to energy saving and environment conservation, as well as lower operations and maintenance costs. This is in sharp contrast to lower awareness of its importance in other parts of the Middle East,” he added.
The operational savings percentage in a residential unit compared with conventional AC technologies ranges between 40 and 45 per cent.
Empower was created to provide energy-efficient district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments. The company unveiled plans to diversify into other energy efficiency and conservation services.
“The district cooling system achieves economies of scale by using centralised plants instead of individual cooling units in each building. The centralised system results in less capital and operating costs, thus reducing air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building,” Bin Shafar explained. – TradeArabia News Service