DEWA launches SCADA centre for water transmission

Centre will manage water transmission network covering over 2,500km

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the first phase of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) centre for water transmission at DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, Dubai.

The SCADA centre will regulate water supply and manage the water transmission network in Dubai covering a distance of over 2,500km as well as several pumping stations and reservoirs.

Commenting on the centre’s launch, H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “The new SCADA system is a clear demonstration of our firm commitment to take a leading position and ensure the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and excellence in our operations.”

“DEWA has been continuously upgrading its infrastructure with a particular focus on improving customer service and enhancing operational efficiency,” Al Tayer said.

“The new control centre will play a pivotal role in strengthening DEWA’s capacity to improve monitoring of our systems across the emirate and ensure quick response to emergencies.”

“It will guarantee that our systems are working in accordance with the highest quality levels to ensure seamless supply of water,” he added.

The first phase of the SCADA centre will enhance operational control of the water transmission network across Dubai. The network will be efficiently and fully controlled round the clock through automatic valves and pumps equipped with remotely operated engines. This will help identify and isolate any faults in the shortest possible time and reduce wastage of water in the network.

The project adopts advanced technology including a backbone network of fibre optics to transmit digital information, in addition to a wireless communications network that links more than 400 terminal controllers with the SCADA system enabling the measurement of various data in the network.

During the second phase, DEWA will provide an emergency control room in addition to a hydraulic management programme over the internet, and a simulator system for training operating staff and engineers to manage the system to the highest level of efficiency.

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