Construction work progressing at pace at Emicool’s Expo 2020 cooling plant

Phase One of the plant is currently operational and is providing 20,000 TR

Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) says work is progressing at pace on its district cooling plant at the Expo 2020 site. The plant will have a total production capacity of 60,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR) across all phases, once it is complete.

According to a statement from Emicool, the Expo Village, Dubai South Mall, the Conference and Exhibition Centre at the Expo site, as well as the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) station and the Project Star mall area will be supplied by the district cooling plant.

The artificial intelligence element incorporated into the design has afforded the plant a dynamic presence given its unique shape, Emicool said.

Emicool’s energisation of the RTA stations for the Expo 2020 line is in anticipation of three mega metro stations: DWTC, DIP, and the Golf State, an Emicool official said.

“Emicool’s strategic partnership is in line with the company’s ambitious plans and strategies and its commitment to being an integral part of Expo 2020. With the concept of sustainability integrated into the planning of the site and its use, both during and after the Expo, and in line with the optimisation of the sustainability of the buildings and the infrastructure, careful evaluation of the providers was undertaken,” said Emicool CEO Dr Adib Moubadder.

He added, “We are proud with this district cooling contract, which represents a significant milestone that aligns with our plans to be associated with iconic projects in the UAE and across the region.”

Emicool said with the current total operating capacity of 355,000 TR from its plant within DIP and MotorCity, it provides district cooling services to DIP, Dubai Motor City, Dubai Sports City, Uptown Mirdif, Palazzo Versace, Damac Hills and Mirdiff Hills, Night Souk by Nakheel, RTA Metro Stations (Expo line), and DWTC at the Expo 2020 site. This is said to comprise an increase of Emicool’s refrigerating tonnes per hour production capabilities by 6.5% compared to 2018.

According to Moubadder, Emicool is steadily progressing towards digital transformation, and that technology will be implemented within the cooling plant at Expo 2020.

“Emicool Research & Development will also operate the first Unmanned Machinery Space (UMS) Plant associated with artificial intelligence smart systems,” he concluded.


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