$2.2 B to be spent on new substations in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to build 68 substations worth $2.2 B (AED 8 B) to meet growing demands for power in the emirate over the next three years.

DEWA has already started constructing some of the 132/11-kilovolt (kV) substations in Hassyan and at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with upgrade projects also in the pipeline.

The investment is part of DEWA ’s commitment to expand the infrastructure required for additional electricity and water across Dubai.

Commenting on the program, DEWA ‘s chief executive officer, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “DEWA is committed to enhancing the efficiency of electricity transmission networks, while ensuring electricity services for our people, industry, and the economy. 

“Up until the end of last year, DEWA established a total of 258 main substations of 132/11kV in 2018, of which 18 were commissioned in 2018 at a total cost of $155 M (AED 2.05 B). We will continue our efforts to support Dubai and the UAE. We achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6-7% in Europe and the USA.”

Source: Construction Week Online