Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced that the company is providing district cooling services at a capacity of 2,100 refrigeration ton (RT), to three stations in the AED11 billion Route 2020 of Dubai Metro, which was recently inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council.
The Route 2020 project involves the 15 km extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line from Jebel Ali Station to Expo 2020 Station and links seven stations. Empower will provide its high quality environment friendly district cooling services to 3 stations, ‘Discovery Gardens’, ‘the Gardens’ and ‘Al Furjan’, from its Discovery Gardens plant, that saves energy, increases efficiency and reduces carbon emissions.
Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “The proximity of a district cooling network and Empower’s plant located near to the Route 2020 helped providing district cooling services to the three stations. Empower will provide its world-class services in support of the concept of sustainability implemented in Route 2020 stations, and in line with the best national and international initiatives and practices”.
Bin Shafar added: “Empower adopts the best solutions and innovations in district cooling sector with the aim to achieve the goals of Sustainable Development 2030, Dubai Clean energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Plan 2021. We have created exceptional projects and programs with the aim of combating the phenomena of environmental pollution and climate change and providing the regions with advanced cooling systems. These efforts support the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) Strategy launched by Dubai with a target of 30 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2030. The strategy focuses on green building regulations, retrofitting of the existing buildings, district cooling and re-usage of wastewater”.
The Gardens Station, the second station on Route 2020, is an elevated station spanning 8,100 square metres in area and extending 168 metres in length. Discovery Gardens Station, the third station on Route 2020, is an elevated station spanning 8,600 square metres in area and extending 168 metres in length. Al Furjan Station is also an elevated station spanning 8,400 square metres in area and extending 168 metres in length.
Empower provides district cooling services to over 1,180 buildings and 120,000 customers, with a total cooling capacity of 1,530,000 Refrigeration Tons (RT). Empower provides its eco-friendly district cooling services to many high-profile projects in Dubai, including Dubai Waterfront, Bluewaters, Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Design District, International Media Production Zone and many others.