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plants, each with a capacity of 50,000
tons of refrigeration. This is the second
district cooling contract awarded to the
firm in Saudi Arabia. Engineering work
on the project is already under way, with
completion expected in July 2012.
Drake & Scull Secures
Drake & Scull Water and Power (DSWP)
has been awarded a 182 million dirham
($49.6 million) design-build contract by
Dohaland for two district cooling plants
in its flagship Musheireb project in Doha,
Qatar. The scope of the work includes
detailed design and construction of the chiller plants, cooling towers and all equipment
and services. The combined capacity of the
two proposed plants is 29,250 tonnes of
refrigeration. The contract also covers the
design and construction of a chilled-water
reticulation network, including valves and
valve chamber details; the design and construction of complete mechanical, electrical
and plumbing services for the plants; testing
and commissioning; and the operation and
maintenance of the district cooling plants
for a minimum of five years.
said the plant in Mirdif will provide services to 59 buildings with a capacity of 320
tonnes of refrigeration.
Empower also recently announced
that it expects its customer base to reach
16,000 by the end of 2010, compared to
10,000 customers in 2009 – an increase
of 60 percent. The company says it will
then be the largest district cooling service
provider in the region by number of customers. Empower provides district cooling services to several projects including
Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai
Healthcare City, Jumeirah Beach Residence,
Business Bay and City of Arabia.
Empower Provides District
Cooling to Mirdif Gate
Emirates Central Cooling Corp.
(Empower) recently added the Mirdif Gate
buildings project in Dubai to its portfolio
of district cooling projects. Ahmad Bin
Shafar, Empower chief executive officer,
SNC-Lavalin Construction, in a joint
venture with Saudi Tabreed, has been
awarded a design-build-operate contract
by Rayadah Investment Company (RIC) for
a district cooling system to serve the King
Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia. RIC is owned by the Saudi Public
As part of the contract, SNC-Lavalin
Construction is responsible for the design
and construction of two district cooling
Empower Adopts New
System to Save Water
Emirates Central Cooling Corp.
(Empower) announced in July that it has
adopted an innovative water recycling system that reuses chilled water several times,
preventing water loss in its daily operations
and offering significant energy savings.
According to Empower Chief
Executive Officer Ahmad Bin Shafar, the
Executive Council in Dubai has ordered all
district cooling companies in the emirate
not to use desalinated water in their operations and to use seawater and recycled
sewage water instead. Given that most of
Dubai’s real estate projects are supplied
with district cooling, the reuse of water
is expected to contribute significantly to
water conservation efforts.
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Water Up in 2010
According to an Aug. 9 Gulf News
report, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
(DEWA) recorded an increase of 539 MW
in the annual electricity peak load in Dubai
– an increase of 9. 6 percent over last year’s
figures. The annual electricity peak load in
Dubai increased to 6,161 MW in July 2010
compared with 5,622 MW in the same
period in 2009. The peak demand for water
in Dubai in July 2010 rose to 287 million gal
per day, compared with 271 million gal in
the same month last year – an increase of
5. 9 percent.
DEWA Managing Director Saeed
Al Tayer commented, “The continuing
increase in demand for water and electricity in Dubai is a clear indication that the
economic, commercial and construction
cycles in Dubai returned to their previous prosperous conditions.” He expected
electricity and water consumption to rise