Work on Dubai Expo 2020 substation 71% complete

Total cost of the ‘Opportunity’ substation, including high voltage cables, is $39m

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

According to a statement issued by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), work on the ‘Opportunity’ 132/11 kilovolt (kV) main substation at the Expo 2020 Dubai site is 71% complete.

The substation has a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt-amperes (MVA), and it is expected to come online towards the end of December 2017.

DEWA is currently building a total of three 132/11kV substations, with 45km of high-voltage 132kV cables. The total cost of the three substations is $114m, and the substations have been named ‘Sustainability’, ‘Mobility’, and ‘Opportunity’. The substations tie into Dubai Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its three sub-themes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

“DEWA is developing its vision to significantly improve the quality of life in Dubai. DEWA is also one of the most important contributors to the vision of the wise leadership, as it implements development projects and upgrades its infrastructure to be the most efficient and reliable in electricity and water services, to meet all the needs for sustainable development in the emirate, and achieve happiness for generations to come,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

The total cost of the Opportunity substation is $39m, split between the substation and the supporting 132kV cables ($22m plant cost, and $17m for cables).

“In 2016, we built 16 132/11 kV substations and we now have 225 of these substations. We are constructing another 118 substations over the next three years, at a total investment of $2.7bn. When commissioning new substations, we work to the highest safety and quality standards, while adopting the latest and most advanced technologies, to efficiently achieve Dubai’s economic objectives, and promote the sustainable development of the Emirate,” concluded Al Tayer.


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