Dewa teams up with free zone

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone have announced the formation of Empower

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone have announced the formation of Empower, a joint venture project to provide energy efficiency district cooling services (DCS) in Dubai and the region. Created as part of the Dubai Government’s efforts to enhance the infrastructure for the emirate, Empower will be a 50-50 project between the free zone and Dewa. The project’s focus is primarily on helping real estate developments efficiently utilise energy resources. Empower will have an initial captive cooling capacity in excess of 400 000 tonnes from its first plant being constructed adjacent to the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Empower has been launched with an initial capital of Dh500 million. The utility will initially focus on offering district cooling services and providing cost-effective chilled water to real estate developments. Subsequently, it will diversify into other related energy efficient services. “The establishment of Empower is part of our efforts to develop a complete and integrated infrastructure for the development of Dubai,” said Ahmad Bin Byat, chairman of Empower and director general of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. “Cost efficiency [is] a huge driver of economic performance, [and] Empower’s energy efficient services can contribute to boosting the bottom line of companies in all sectors. The varied benefits that efficient energy use can bring for real estate developers, building owners and end users will have huge spin-offs for the growth of Dubai,” he added. District cooling offers a more efficient and cost-effective service than conventional methods because a central plant cools water and distributes it through a network of [pipes]... to individual customer buildings. District cooling achieves economies of scale due to the set up of centralised plants instead of individual air-cooled plants in each building. It is estimated that chiller plants account for up to 70% of electricity usage in large buildings. With DCS, building owners can reduce substantially electricity usage. Additionally there are cost savings and other benefits from reduced maintenance, enhanced efficiency and reliability, space savings, flexibility of air-conditioning load and a extended plant life. “We are extremely glad to join forces ... to embark on [this] project aimed at enhancing energy efficiency practices in Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman Empower and general manager, Dewa. “We bring to this project our technological expertise in providing utility services and using environmentally systems [and] our experience in delivering services to the end user,” he added.

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