Dubai state developer Nakheel sold its business that supplies chilled air to such local landmarks as artificial palm-shaped islands, according to people familiar with the matter.
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corp, a joint venture between a unit of Dubai Holding and a state-owned utility, has acquired Nakheel’s cooling operations, the people said. The assets are worth around 1 billion dirhams ($272 million), they said, asking not to to be identified because the information is private.
Nakheel’s spokesperson declined to comment. Nobody at Empower was immediately available to comment
Coming off years of declines in property prices, some developers in the United Arab Emirates have looked to offload their cooling operations, especially after the coronavirus pandemic further upended the local economy.
The district cooling industry has meanwhile been consolidating, with Abu Dhabi’s Tabreed paying 963 million dirhams to buy two district cooling plants from Aldar Properties PJSC last year. In 2019, Tabreed also bought an 80% stake in a district cooling facility from Emaar Properties PJSC.
Dubai was seeking a buyer for the cooling system operations of its biggest airport, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in November.