DEWA resumes AED1.5bn grid modernisation project despite COVID-19 crisis


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned 8 new smart grid substations since the beginning of the year, as part of efforts to modernise its grid network despite the downturns due to COVID-19.

The 132/11KV substations have a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt-amperes (MVA) and have been installed with 16kms of high-voltage 132kV energy transmission cable.

The AED850 million ($231 million) project is part of AED1.5 billion ($408,000) project to ensure the efficiency, reliability and availability of the grid across Dubai.

The project increases 132/11KV substations installed by DEWA to 293 with 12 of them being tested before going into operational in the second quarter of 2020.

Commissioning the 293 substations will increase DEWA’s substations to 305.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the CEO of DEWA, said: “In line with our vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we contribute to enhancing the infrastructure and facilities in Dubai according to the highest international standards. This enhances the economic development of the UAE and consolidates its position as a globally leading economic hub.

“The power transmission plants are built according to the highest standards of quality and safety. The substations adopt state-of-the-art digital technologies, contributing to promoting their efficiency and reliability, and highlight the construction and economic development plans for Dubai.”