Trans Gulf takes DHC cooling deal

MEP contractor beats off Drake and Scull, ETA and Voltas to secure the US $60 million district plant

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By  Alison Luke Published  October 7, 2006

Trans Gulf Electro Mechanical has won the US $60 million (AED220 million) contract to build a new district cooling plant for Dubai Healthcare City.

The firm has drafted in contractor Al Rostamani Pegel to carry out the civil works for the scheme, which is being built to a fast-track timetable in order to be operational by the time the current phase of Healthcare City completes.

Trans Gulf beat Drake and Scull, ETA and Voltas to win the project, which is being developed by Empower – a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone.

And the contractor is also chasing at least two other district cooling plants, which are set to be built next year.

Director and managing partner, Prakash Khatri, said: “We have to finish this project in a year, which is a very tight schedule.”

Trans Gulf’s scope of work under the contract includes the complete MEP works including the construction of the district cooling plant building.

MEP works comprise the provision of all process plant for the generation and pumping of chilled water; all electrical works including high, medium and low voltage switchgear including transformers and generators; plus all plumbing, drainage and fire protection for the plant building. Chillers are being free issued by Empower.

MEP process consultant on the project is US firm Ellerbe Becket. Tebodin is the building services consultant.

The contract is the fourth major district cooling scheme Trans Gulf has undertaken. It is currently installing the DCP3 scheme at the Burj Dubai.

Last month Empower signed a $44 million term loan facility with Abn Amro to finance construction costs on the plant.

Dubai Healthcare City is a multi-phased development spread across 200ha in the Oud Metha district of the city.

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