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UAE: DEWA to build $2.72bn worth of substations

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has announced plans to build 97 new 132/11kV substations in the next three years, at a projected cost of $2.72bn

DEWA’s substation development plan has been designed to meet future energy demand.
DEWA’s substation development plan has been designed to meet future energy demand.
DEWA’s substation development plan has been designed to meet future energy demand.
DEWA’s substation development plan has been designed to meet future energy demand.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced plans to build 97 new 132/11kV substations.

The substations will developed during the course of the next three years at a total projected cost of $2.72bn (AED10bn).

Locations of the facilities include Hassyan, Jebal Ali, Al Aweer, and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, according to DEWA.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said: “We have started building new stations in Hassyan, and at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in addition to Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.

“We intend to launch new projects to enhance the efficiency of our electricity transmission networks, with an allocated investment of $272m (AED1bn). DEWA continuously adopts new strategies based on innovation to anticipate future energy challenges and opportunities.”

As of the end of 2016, DEWA had established a total of 222 132/11kV main substations in Dubai. 16 of these facilities were commissioned last year at a total cost of $540m (AED2bn).

“DEWA is expanding its electricity and water services by developing new stations and updating existing ones, according to the latest world-class practices,” said HE Al Tayer.

“DEWA’s total production capacity reached 10,000MW in 2015. [Its] peak load capacity grew by 4%. We have allocated a total budget of $17.7bn (AED65bn) over the next five years to meet future demand,” he added.

NOTE:
Construction Week contacted DEWA’s public relations representative to ask whether the authority’s substation development plan will involve an investment of $2.72bn (AED10bn) or $272m (AED1bn) – or whether the quoted figures relate to different portions of the programme – but has yet to receive a response.

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