UAE district cooling services provider Empower is to provide 120,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) in district cooling services for property developer Tecom Investments’ planned urban development in Dubai.

The Dhs750 million (US$204 million) district cooling project will cool the Dubai Design District (‘d3’), a downtown development that is planned as a design centre featuring art, fashion and luxury outlets.

The project’s first phase of 10,000 RT is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Empower’s CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar said, ‘Two plants, which will be following the latest standards in the district cooling industry, will be built to supply the requested load. The plants will include thermal storage and will use TSE (treated sewage effluent) to be aligned with the company’s strategy of sustainability and saving natural resources.’

The project will boost Empower’s portfolio by 12%, it said. 

Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of Tecom Investments, said, ‘d3 is aimed at being the most attractive and smart urban space in the world, through its strategic location, design and infrastructure making the area the creative flag carrier of this rapidly growing city. As the world’s largest district cooling services provider, Empower is a key factor in the development of this project as it has a proven record of providing cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable district cooling services.’