ENGIE completes US$760mn investment in Tabreed

tabreedWith 72 district cooling plants located throughout the GCC, Tabreed currently delivers over one million refrigeration tonnes to key developments in the region. (Image source: Tabreed)The UAE’s National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) has announced the successful completion of the investment by the global energy company ENGIE to acquire 40 per cent of the shares in Tabreed for approximately US$760mn

Headquartered in France, ENGIE is a multinational energy leader and expert operator in the business of electricity, natural gas and energy services with a successful heritage spanning over a century.

The completion of the transaction follows regulatory approval obtained by Tabreed in August 2017. Further to this, at their meeting on 10 August, Tabreed’s board of directors called for a general assembly, planned for September, where four new directors will be elected by Tabreed’s shareholders to replace those directors who have recently resigned in expectation of ENGIE nominating candidates to the board.

Jasim Thabet, CEO of Tabreed, said following the announcement, “With the successful completion of the transaction and major investment in Tabreed by global energy leader ENGIE, Tabreed is a regional company that is becoming international. We look forward to harnessing ENGIE’s best in-class operational and project financing excellence, which will build on our financial strength and leading market position to support us in the next phase of our ambitious growth plans.” 

Thabet added, “With the region’s growing cooling demand driven by population growth and investment in key infrastructure and development projects, our focus remains on the GCC while we will evaluate opportunities outside the region.”

Tabreed is a partner of choice for organisations across the GCC in providing environmentally friendly district cooling solutions. With 72 district cooling plants located throughout the region, Tabreed currently delivers over one million refrigeration tonnes to key developments in the region including iconic infrastructure projects such as Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai Metro, Dubai Parks and Resorts, and Jabal Omar Development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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