Dubai Harbour Seawater Intake & Outfall System, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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A design-build contractor engaged ATM, a Geosyntec company, to provide a range of services for the design of a seawater intake and outfall system that will cool a 2 million square meter waterfront development.

Dubai Harbour is a waterfront development showcasing the largest marina in the Middle East. This exclusive, mixed-use development features hospitality, residential, retail, and food and beverage components, as well as entertainment and public amenities. The site encompasses approximately 2 million square meters.

A critical element of the overall project is the district cooling plant required to satisfy the cooling demands of the development. ATM provided a range of services for the design of the seawater intake and outfall system, including structural design of the valve chamber, development of far-field and near-field dispersion models to assess the mixing of the thermal plume to evaluate the potential for recirculation, and the hydraulic design of all the intake and outfall components.

A cofferdam structure was required to facilitate the construction of the valve chamber and installation of the onshore pipeline. This task involved the installation of sheet piles and dewatering well points.

ATM assisted in obtaining all necessary approvals from Dubai Municipality and provided support during the construction phase.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Client: Overseas AST
  • Project Practice Areas: Coastal & Waterfront
  • Type of Facility: seawater intake and outfall system
  • Services Provided: Structural design of valve chamber; sheet pile cofferdam; hydrodynamic and thermal plume modeling; nearfield dispersion study; hydraulic design of seawater intake and outfall; permitting/no objection certificate (NOC) approval support; construction phase services
  • Type of Work: structural and hydraulic design, modeling, construction and permitting