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DEWA commissions 3 new substations in Dubai at an investment of Dhs430m

Gulfbusiness.com logo Gulfbusiness.com 25/07/2021 Varun Godinho
a car parked on the side of a building: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority © Motivate Publishing Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned three new substations with a conversion capacity of 450 megavolt-amperes (MVA), in addition to 132 kV ground cables that extend on 35km and are connected to the main transmission network.

The total cost of the projects that were commissioned in May and June was recorded at just over Dhs430m.

The new substations supply Al Barsha 1, Mirdif, and Wadi Al Safa 2 communities within Dubai and required 4 million safe working hours to complete.

“The total value of DEWA’s investments in electricity transmission is Dhs8.8bn, including Dhs2bn for key 400 kV transmission projects and Dhs6.8bn for 132 kV projects,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

“Inaugurating the new substations is part of DEWA’s efforts to increase the capacity, efficiency, and readiness of the electricity transmission network in Dubai to meet the future needs of customers, developers, and the business sector, while providing a convenient margin using the latest smart technologies.”

Hussain Lootah, executive vice president of Transmission Power, added that there are now 314 132kV substations, in addition to 37 substations under construction.

Commercial and industrial customers in Dubai can now get electricity connection up to 150kW within five days and in a single step through Al Namoos, with security deposits and new connection charges waived.

Last month, DEWA said that its installed capacity had reached 12,900 megawatts (MW) of electricity, and will further increase next July to 13,200 megawatts, with the commissioning of the 300MW first project of the 900MW 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Read: Dubai’s electricity capacity reaches 12,900MW

DEWA has also initiated several renewable energy projects to achieve Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that seeks to ensure that 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power capacity is obtained from clean energy sources by 2050.

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