DEWA opens $29m Dubai Marina substation

New facility has a capacity of 150 megavolt amperes, part of expansion strategy in emirate
By Daniel Shane
Mon 20 May 2013 02:26 PM

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the emirate’s state-owned utility, has launched an AED105m ($29m) substation in Dubai Marina.

The 132/11 kV facility has a capacity of 150 megavolt amperes and its part of DEWA’s strategy to accommodate growing energy demand in the Gulf emirate.

DEWA said it currently has another 17 substations under construction, in addition to upgrades at existing facilities and a process for rolling out new technologies.

"The new project aims to strengthen the capacity of our networks to provide electricity in the Dubai Marina area. We have extended an additional 320 metres of 132 kV ground cables to connect the new substation to the main distribution station at The Palm Jumeirah, and the distribution station in Jebel Ali, which will result in increased stability of supplies to our customers, at all times," said DEWA MD and CEO HE Saeed Al Tayer.

DEWA’s capacity rose by more than 10 percent in 2012, with its total installed power capacity reaching 9,646 megawatts, compared to 8,721 megawatts in the prior year.

Its electricity transmission networks also grew to 1,932km in 2012 compared to 1,687km in 2011, an increase of 14.5 percent.

DEWA has also issued an Islamic bond, or sukuk, worth at least $500m in February 2013.

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