Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened a new complex with new transmission and distribution control centers and also has commenced work on a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for Dubai’s main water network.

The new control centers form part of the new AED500 million (US$136 million) Warsan Complex, which covers 650,159 square feet and includes an administrative building for up to 2,350 employees. One of the control centers is for power generation and transmission on the 132/400 kV networks. The second center monitors and manages the networks to maintain continual improvement.

The state of the art centers are equipped with the most advanced remote control and monitoring programs, and will control all strategic, economic and industrial expansion zones of the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to ensuring power supply continuity through the Dubai networks in coordination with adjacent Emirates, according to a statement. They will ensure the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of Dubai’s power supply, maintain the required electricity reserves for emergency cases, provide quick intervention to solve blackouts, and coordinate with various departments for swift power recovery, power exchange coordination with other Emirates, as well as monitor quality indicators and network performance to achieve sustainability and reliability.

The centers also include training and simulation systems for providing specialized training for DEWA staff.

“The opening of the Warsan Complex updates and automates our systems and meets the needs of urban expansion projects and growing demand for electricity and water services,” explained Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. “Separating the control centers has enabled us to adopt two smart programs for transmission and distribution. This will help us to complete the smart grid project efficiently, and meet the requirements of transmitting power through the National Emirates network according to the NERC Standards.”

At the same time a second control center was also opened at Al Qusais, which will house the distribution research and development department, among other offices.

The SCADA system for the water network forms part of DEWA’s plan to enhance the efficiency of the water networks to meet the growing demand for water. The system, which is expected to be completed in July, will monitor the main water network round the clock and will control it through automatic valves or via operator intervention from the monitoring room. Aims are to identify leakages in the shortest possible time and reducing unaccounted for water losses in the network.

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