Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) last year inaugurated 17 new substations including 15 132kV stations with a conversion capacity of 2,280MVA; and two 400kV stations with a conversion capacity of 4,000MVA, in Al Qusais Industrial Area 5 and Jebel Ali First respectively.
Announcing the achievement, DEWA said it had installed 5km of 400kV overhead transmission lines and 247km of 132kV ground cables to connect the substations to the main transmission network. This is part of DEWA’s continuous efforts to keep pace with the continuous development of Dubai’s infrastructure.
The new 132kV main transmission stations supply Al Barsha South, Jebel Ali, Al Furjan, Al Merkadh, Business Bay, Umm Hurair, Wadi Al Safa, Oud Al Muteena, Al Rigga, Al Wasl, Me’aisem, Umm Al Ramool, Al Aweer, and Ghadeer Barashy.
The total cost of these stations and projects has reached around $871mn, the report added.
In early January 2023, DEWA said that over two million smart metres had been installed, following which, it stated that 58.4% of works were completed on the $387mn Hatta Hydroelectric Power Plant.
DEWA MD and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said the company’s investments in electricity transmission projects between 2021 and 2024 had surged to $2.72bn, including $544mn for 400kV transmission projects and $2.17bn for 132kV projects. He explained that the total value of DEWA’s investments in existing and completed electricity transmission projects in 2022 reached $2.2bn. This included $218mn for 400kV transmission projects and $1.99bn for 132kV transmission projects.
Executive Vice President of Transmission (Power), Hussain Lootah, said that completing the 17 stations required more than 33m working hours, using the latest internationally approved technologies while ensuring the highest security and safety standards.
He concluded, “By the end of 2022, the number of 132 kV transmission substations in Dubai stood at 334, in addition to 29 stations under construction.”
In early January 2023, DEWA said it achieved the highest information security certification.
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