24082436_sDUBAI: Empower has been awarded a €47m contract to develop the company’s third district cooling facility in Dubai’s Business Bay neighbourhood.

The 45,000RT (158,000kW) plant will be constructed by Gulf District Cooling, and is expected to come on-stream by Q2, 2016.

The contract covers the construction and maintenance of the district cooling facility and is expected to provide cooling services to up to 40 commercial, retail and hospitality buildings in Business Bay.

The Business Bay facility is Empower’s third project in the neighbourhood. The first of the existing two facilities – both of 45,000RT each – has been on-stream since 2010. The second, commissioned in 2014, became the Middle East’s first such project to attain a Gold LEED certificate.

Business Bay will have upwards of 240 buildings, comprising commercial and residential developments over an an area of 4,360,000m² and a gross leasable area of 7,290,000m². The entire development is expected to support a total population of more than 300,000.