Under the agreement, Empower will build and operate a district cooling plant and pipe network, with an initial capacity of 55,000-refrigeration tonnes, which will be expanded to 120,000 tonnes in phase two.

The local Alec was awarded the $910m contract to build the first phase of the project in May.

The project involves the construction of seven towers with 242,000 square metres of offices, a 35,000 square-metre four-star hotel, a 22,000 square metre three-star hotel, 20,000 square metres of retail space and a four-level, 110,000 square-metre basement. The total built-up area is about 1 million square metres.

Dubai World Trade Centre is the client (MEED 4:3:08).