By Staff writer
Company hires Drake & Scull to design, build and operate chilled water project network
Emirates District Cooling, also known as Emicool, has awarded a contract to Drake & Scull to design, build and operate a AED120 million ($32.6 million) mega project network to extend chilled water to new developments within Dubai Sports City.
The joint venture of Dubai Investments and Union Properties said in a statement that the new network is set to increase the production capacity to 77,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR), which will cater to the surging demand of the Dubai Sports City development.
It will also increase the total number of Emicool customers to 20,000 in the next two years, the company said.
The expansion of the new district cooling network will result in an annual reduction of 173 gigawatt/hour power consumption in Dubai Sports City and also reduce 120,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to reducing 30,000 cars from Dubai's streets, it added.
The project is expected to be completed by July 2018.
Adib Moubadder, CEO of Emicool, said: "The new district cooling network from Emicool will connect complexes, stadiums and buildings in Dubai Sports City and is a major step forward in empowering businesses and consumers with sustainable development and innovative technologies."
As well as providing chilled water to the customers, the network will also monitor consumption levels within the developments.
Emicool said it is planning to increase its plant capacity to 500,000 TR by 2020 as construction is leading to pent-up demand for district cooling services across the UAE and region. The company's roadmap in the coming years includes expansion of operations to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.