The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it plans to build 97 new 132/11 kV substations over the next three years, at a projected cost of $2.72 billion. The new substations will be located at Hassyan, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and at other locations to support the expansion of power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “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 10,000 MW in 2016, while its peak load was 7982 MW, compared to 7696 MW in 2015. DEWA’s peak load capacity grew by four per cent. We have allocated a total budget of $17.7 billion over the next five years to meet future demand.
“Up until the end of last year, DEWA established a total of 222 132/11 kV main substations, 16 of which were commissioned in 2016 at a total cost of $544 billion. DEWA plans to reduce losses in power transmission and distribution networks to 3.3 per cent.”