Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) unveiled its plans to build 5 new 400 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, with an allocated budget of Dhs2.2 billion.
The five substations will take the total number of substations to 22, one station was inaugurated in 2019.
DEWA is working in adherence with its strategy to increase the efficiency of electricity services to support its facilities and future objectives, to raise the efficiency and reliability of its infrastructure, and contribute to economic growth and the prosperity of the Emirate.
“These ambitious plans will strengthen DEWA’s ability to produce energy. DEWA’s total production capacity reached 11,100 megawatts (MW) during 2019, while the peak demand for electricity was recorded at 8,507 MW in 2018, compared to 8,232 MW in 2017, reflecting a growth of 3.34%.
"The five 400 kV substations will greatly contribute to DEWA’s efforts to meet the increasing demand for water and electricity in Dubai. We have allocated a total investment of AED 86 billion towards Dubai’s energy sector over the next five years, which will play a major role in supporting the growth of a green economy, and enhancing the UAE’s level of competitiveness in energy efficiency, and energy technologies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA currently serves over 900,000 customers and achieved a 95% rating for customer happiness during 2018. DEWA's plans include increasing the capacity of the 132-km power transmission network by increasing major transport stations. Eighteen 132/11 kV substations out of 276 were established during 2019.
“We will establish other 68 substations over the next 3 years, with a total investment AED 8 billion. When establishing new substations, we work according to the highest safety and quality standards, while adopting the latest and most advanced technology, to efficiently achieve Dubai’s economic objectives, and promote the sustainable development of the Emirate,” concluded Al Tayer.