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SURGING POWER DEMAND

Dewa plans to build 68 substations worth over $2bn

DUBAI, July 24, 2019

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) plans to build 68 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, at a projected value of Dh8 billion ($2.18 billion) to meet the growing demand for power in the emirate.

This will contribute to achieving Dubai’s ambitious urban objectives, said Dewa in a statement.

The utility has been providing services at the highest levels of efficiency, availability and reliability to over 900,000 customers, with a customer happiness rating of 95 per cent in 2018, it added.

Dewa managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: "We are inspired by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to plan and develop the infrastructure required, to meet increasing electricity and water demand in the emirate. This will contribute to achieving Dubai’s ambitious urban objectives."

“Dewa is also expanding its electricity and water services by developing new stations and upgrading existing ones, according to the latest world-class practices. Dewa is working to increase its use of clean and renewable energy, launch smart initiatives, and adopt creativity and innovation in all its operations. Dewa’s total production capacity reached 11,100 megawatts (MW) in 2018," he added.

Dewa, he stated, was committed to enhancing the efficiency of electricity transmission networks, while ensuring electricity services for people, industry and the economy.

"We have commenced building new stations in Hassyan, and at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Dewa continuously adopts new strategies based on innovation, to anticipate future challenges and opportunities,” noted Al Tayer.

“Up until the end of last year, Dewa established a total of 258 main substations of 132/11 kV in 2018, 18 of which were commissioned in 2018 at a total cost of Dh2.05 billion. We will continue our efforts to support Dubai and the UAE,” he stated.

“We achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3 per cent compared to 6-7 per cent in Europe and the US. Water network losses were reduced to 6.5 per cent in 2018 compared to 15 per cent in North America," noted Al Tayer.

"We also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe. The UAE, represented by Dewa, maintained its first place globally in Getting Electricity for the second year as per World Bank’s Doing Business report, which measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies worldwide,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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