This summer, at least, residents of Jumeirah Islands (JI) won’t feel the heat. And that’s because chiller charges have been drastically reduced by 28 per cent in the master community.
In an e-mail sent to a resident of JI, seen by Emirates 24/7, Al Shirawi US Chillers, the billing agent's for Nakheel, the developer of the villa community, said the new consumption charge is Dh1 tonne of refrigeration an hour (TR/hr).
“The form shows Dh1.4 consumption charge. But it’s actually Dh1.00.
"We will get the new forms later on. For now, you can fill up this form, cut that rate and you can put AED1.00,” the email read.
Faisal B, a villa owner, says: “I was surprised to get a credit note of Dh800… I was told that the charges have been reduced and henceforth the bills will be calculated at Dh1 TR/hr.
“Good that they have brought it down… but I hope they can bring it further down.”
This website reported in February, Nakheel, the master developer of the upscale villa community, told owners recently it will charge chiller at Dh1.40 per tonne of refrigeration an hour, instead of Dh0.563 per tonne it levied in 2011. It has, however, waived off the capacity charge of Dh1,250 per month.
Effective, January 1, 2012, Nakheel appointed Al Shirawi US Chillers to carry out routine daily operation and maintenance of cooling plants and distribution networks in Jumeirah Islands.
In a letter sent to owners in November 2011, Nakheel said that they had carried out a survey of comparative rates for district cooling services throughout Dubai and decided to charge the new rate in line with the charges billed by other district cooling companies in Dubai for similar-sized properties. It eliminated the capacity charges from their owners’ account.
Jumeirah Islands consists of 46 clusters within man-made islands spread across an area of 300 hectares. Each cluster comprises 16 individually styled villas.
The development is situated on east of the Sheikh Zayed Road, between Interchanges 5 and 6. The project comprises a total of 736, four and five-bedroom villas designed along four core themes.
The designs of the villas are portrayed under four core themes: Oasis; Islamic; European and Mediterranean. Lakes form such an integral part of the Jumeirah Islands, with a land to water ratio of 23/77, that it is believed to be the highest in the world, according to Nakheel website.