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Dubai: DEWA allocates $272m for three substations

The substations, to be developed in three years' time, form part of the $17.6bn investment DEWA will make in Dubai's energy sector over the next five years

DEWA will develop three substations in Dubai over the next three years [image: <i>Dubai Media Office</i>].
DEWA will develop three substations in Dubai over the next three years [image: <i>Dubai Media Office</i>].

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has allocated $272.2m (AED1bn) for the development of three substations in the emirate over the next three years. 

The 400 kilovolt (kV) substations will be added to DEWA existing network comprising 21 units.

DEWA's latest announcement forms part of its $17.6bn (AED65bn) investment planned for Dubai's energy sector over the next five years, which is expected to support the development of a green economy. 

The agency's total production capacity reached 10,000 megawatts (MW) in 2016, and the three new substations are expected to boost this number. 

Of 224 132/11 kV substations planned for development, 16 were established last year, with the 113 more to be developed over the next three years at a cost exceeding $2.7bn (AED10bn). 

Remarking on the programme, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said: "We work to raise the capacity and efficiency of electricity grids by developing world-class infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable development of the emirate.

"Peak demand for electricity [in 2016] was recorded at 7,982 MW, compared to 7,696 MW in 2015, reflecting a growth of 4%.

"The three 400 kV substations will greatly contribute to DEWA’s efforts to meet the increasing demand for water and electricity in Dubai." 

More than 788,824 customers are currently served by DEWA, Al Tayer added, according to Dubai Media Office.

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