State-owned utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it will build 97 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, at a projected cost of AED10 billion. The new substations will be located at Hassyan, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and other locations to support the expansion of other power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.
DEWA has 788,824 customers who benefit from its services every day. DEWA’s total production capacity reached 10,000 megawatts (MW) in 2016, while its peak load was 7,982MW, compared to 7,696MW in 2015. DEWA’s peak load capacity grew by 4 per cent.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said, his organisation is also expanding its electricity and water services by developing new stations and upgrading existing ones. DEWA is working to increase its use of clean and renewable energy, launch smart initiatives, and adopt creativity and innovation in all its operations. We have allocated a total budget of Dh65 billion over the next five years to meet future demand.
Up until the end of last year, DEWA established a total of 222 132/11kV main substations, 16 of which were commissioned in 2016 at a total cost of Dh2 billion. Al Tayer says, DEWA pledges to continue its efforts to support Dubai and the UAE, to achieve excellence and first place in all its operations. This reflects DEWA’s position at the forefront of the international community, reducing losses in power transmission and distribution networks to 3.3 per cent, compared to 6—7 per cent recorded in Europe and the USA.
DEWA recorded a 3.28 customer minutes lost, compared to European companies averaging 15 minutes. Water losses in the distribution network decreased to 8 per cent during 2016, compared to 15 per cent in North America.
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