The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned a Dhs118 million substation at Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) this month in a bid to address the emirate’s growing demand for electricity.
The substation has a capacity of 150 megavolt ampere (MVA) and was built at the cost of Dhs86 million, DEWA said. The cost also includes extending ground cables that link the station network.
“The ground cables have been extended by 6.9 km to link the main substation, with the 132/11 kV substation in Al Bustan, and the 132/11 kV substation in Al Qusais,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
“This will further enhance the efficiency and reliability of DEWA’s networks across vital growth areas and ensure continuity and stability of supplies to different consumers at all times,” said Al Tayer.
He added that this project further strengthens the capacity of DEWA networks used for the transfer of electricity to DAFZ.
“DEWA has 20 132/11 kV substations under construction, in addition to ongoing work on developing substations currently operating in the network by increasing their capacity by using the latest globally-adopted technologies,” Al Tayer added.
“These stations feature the latest digital technology, which will strengthen the reliability and efficiency of the stations and eventually support Dubai’s constructions plans and ambitions for economic growth.”
DEWA also opened a new Dhs500 million Warsan Complex and Al Qusais Control Centre earlier this year to cater to the emirate’s energy needs.
Spread across 650,159 sq ft, the Warsan Complex includes two transmission and distribution control centres and an administrative building which can accommodate up to 2,350 employees.
The Al Qusais Control Centre includes distribution, planning, and coordination departments, a library, the distribution R&D department, a simulator, and on-site distribution management.
Dubai’s electricity demand is estimated to grow by 20 per cent as the emirate gears up to host the Expo 2020, according to DEWA officials.