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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won two awards at the 14th Asian Power Awards 2018.

The awards are in the ‘Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year’ and ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’ categories.

The awards ceremony were held at the Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta, Indonesia.

DEWA won the Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year award for its 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substation project launched for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Smart Grid Project of the Year award recognises the utility’s smart electricity and water network control systems.

The systems aim to increase the efficiency of electricity and water networks in Dubai, in accordance with the highest standards of availability, efficiency, and reliability.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said: “These awards reflect the international recognition of DEWA’s efforts and projects and its leading position among service utilities in Asia and the world.

“Our path is focused on maintaining the highest level of operational excellence and economic operation to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

DEWA is currently replacing the old mechanical and electro-mechanical meters with smart new meters. The utility is targeting to install 1.2 million smart meters by 2020.

The smart metering systems are being integrated with smart grid solutions including SCADA, smart monitoring, and control automation systems.

The smart grid projects are expected to help DEWA to decrease energy and water consumption to 30% by 2030.

The Smart Grid project includes 11 programmes with investments totalling AED 7 billion to be completed in short, medium, and long-term phases between 2014 and 2035,” concluded Al Tayer.