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Empower seals wasl district cooling services contract

DUBAI, January 25, 2021

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) said it has signed an agreement with wasl Asset Management Group, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, to supply its mixed-use development, wasl1, with 24,373 Refrigeration Tons.
 
Currently being carried out on several phases, the project is located in proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Jafiliya Metro Station with views on Zabeel Park. 
 
A key project, wasl1 will feature 13 residential towers, of which the first phase - Park Gate Residences - comprises four towers consisting of 746 residential units that have been completed and handed over. 
It will also include a range of entertainment facilities, children’s play areas, fully equipped gym, a multi-purpose hall, as well as a number of retail stores, restaurants and cafes.
 
CEO Hesham Al Qassim said: "We chose Empower, based on its tremendous capabilities in providing district cooling services, and we believe that its efficacy will contribute to strengthening the distinctive wasl1 project."
 
"The company’s advanced technologies support our mandate to contribute to the sustainable development of the emirate, while also ensuring the provision of the best cooling services to tenants, effectively enhancing the unique characteristics of wasl1 as a luxury residential project," stated Al Qassim.
 
According to Empower, providing a project of such magnitude with green district cooling services has prompted the corporation to direct AED170 million investments to finance the construction of seven energy transmission and storage stations (ETS), and to connect the project to the new district cooling plant that is currently underway in the Zabeel area. 
 
This would require the building of a subway under Sheikh Zayed Road in addition to the expansion of the district cooling network, it stated.
 
The corporation has also indicated that the wasl1 project will be provided with district cooling services on a number of phases. 
 
Subsequently, the district cooling plant in the Dubai Financial Center, which is currently operating, will be connected to the new Zabeel plant, that is under construction with a total load of 112,000 RT. 
 
Empower CEO Ahmed Bin Shafar said: "We are working hard to serve the pioneering real estate projects and we aim to provide all residential, commercial and entertainment facilities and sectors in the emirate of Dubai with district cooling services of sustainable international standards."
 
"Adding the wasl1 project to Empower’s portfolio reflects the confidence of real estate developers and dealers in the reliable services Empower provides," stated Bin Shafar. 
 
"It also enhances its role in providing more quality cooling services with 50% less energy consumption compared to the currently used traditional refrigeration services," he added. 
 



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