Dubai inaugurates first substation at Expo 2020

Dubai inaugurates first substation at Expo 2020
Published: 7 February 2018 - 12:38 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned the first 132/11 kV main substation for World Expo 2020, and is overseeing the completion of the remaining substations as part of its ongoing commitments.

DEWA completed the infrastructure and energy projects to support Expo 2020 in a record time, two years ahead of the official inauguration of the exhibition.

The substation has been constructed in accordance with the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency, and supports DEWA’s vision of becoming a sustainable innovative world-class utility.

DEWA has allocated AED 4.26 billion to support the infrastructure for electricity and water at Expo 2020, since it is the first official Sustainable Energy Partner.

DEWA is building three 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations with 45 kilometres (km) of high-voltage (132kV) cables. The total cost of the electricity projects is AED 420 million.

The substations are named Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity after the three subthemes of Expo 2020. DEWA aims to generate half of the energy to be used by the exhibition from clean and renewable energy sources, to promote sustainability, which is a key pillar of the exhibition.

DEWA’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide Expo 2020 Dubai with a dedicated capacity of 400MW of electricity.

DEWA is building a smart grid to become the first network in the world to provide the entire value chain of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to the Expo.

“As part of our partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, as the official Sustainable Energy Partner, we intend to speed up the completion of our projects to provide sustainable energy to the facilities of the World Expo 2020,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Mobility substation

DEWA inaugurated Mobility, the first 132/11 kV main substation, at Expo 2020 Dubai, with a conversion capacity of 150 MVA, in January 2018. Mobility is one of the substations responsible for generating electricity for the Expo 2020 Dubai. Construction began in July 2015, at a total cost of AED 173 million, comprising AED 80 million for the plant and AED 93.6 million for the 132kV cables.

Sustainability

Sustainability is the second 132/11 kV main substation at Expo 2020 Dubai. It has a conversion capacity of 150 MVA, and is 95% complete. It is expected to be inaugurated in February 2018. The total cost of the project is AED 103 million, including AED 83 million for the plant and AED 20 million for the 132kV cables.

Opportunity

The Opportunity 132/11 kV main substation at Expo 2020 Dubai is 91% complete. The substation will also have a conversion capacity of 150 MVA, and is expected to be inaugurated in February 2018. The total cost of the project is AED 142 million, comprising AED 83 million for the plant, and AED 59.7 million for the 132kV cables.

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