Barsha Heights district cooling plant to be completed by the end of 2019

Barsha Heights district cooling plant to be completed by the end of 2019
News AnalysisEmpoweron file
Published: 2 October 2019 - 9:45 a.m.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced that it’s cooling plant in the Barsha Heights, will be completed and operational by the end of 2019.

The construction contract was awarded in Novermber 2018 by Empower, to build the Barsha Heights cooling plant with a total cooling capacity of 31,250 Refrigeration Tons (RT). The project is part of Empower’s plans to develop its infrastructure in order to improve the district cooling services and to raise the efficiency of district plants in Dubai.

“The project is being implemented in two phases with the aim of replacing three semi-permanent cooling plants at Barsha Heights with a permanent plant of 31,250 RT capacity.” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

“At Empower, we do our utmost to develop the infrastructure, expand the district cooling pipeline networks and build new plants to provide high quality cooling services commensurate with the real-estate boom in Dubai and to ensure customer satisfaction,” Bin Shafar added.

The CEO explained that Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology will be using in the Barsha Heights cooling plant which helps to relieve the burden on the power grid during peak hours, as well as using of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) technology will help to preserve natural resources. Furthermore, the plant will be equipped with the advanced SCADA system which allows to process two million data related to cooling towers, refrigerants, adaptors and water supply. He pledged that the plant has been designed and will rise with the highest international criteria and sustainable green building codes.

Bin Shafar also asserted that “Development of district cooling infrastructure contributes effectively to realizing the vision of our wise leadership that attaches a great importance to sustainability. Our wise leadership has given directives to address climate change challenges, which is a key hurdle in the path towards growth and prosperity.”

Empower has effectively participating in a number of national strategies, including, the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 which aims at increasing the share of clean energy to 50% in the total energy mix. Empower is also a stakeholder in the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050 and the long-term national green economy initaitive launched under the theme "Green Economy for Sustainable Development” launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This has placed the UAE among global pioneers in the areas of green economy.”

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