DEWA: $86mn Grid Solution SAS contract to power projects in Dubai

Canal Garden Station substation one of four contracts in $350mn of awards

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded four contracts for 400/132kV substations worth a total of $350 million as it continues its $22 billion five-year strategy to meet the energy needs of the emirate.

Among the contracts is a $85.7 million a construction contract to Grid Solution SAS to “build the Canal Garden Station, to meet expected demand growth from new projects and to reduce the load on the Gardens and Al Barsha.”

In a statement announcing the four new substations, DEWA said that adding the power plants to its existing 21 substations reflects the authority’s “efforts to increase the capacity and efficiency” of its electricity and transmission networks.

Grid Solution SAS is expected to complete the Canal Garden Station by February 2020 which will be followed by the Dubai South station substation in the proceeding month. DEWA said this second substation will be built within the Dubai World Central project and has been given to Siemens. The contract is valued at $88 million and is intended to meet growing load demand, added the authority.

Additionally, DEWA said an $83 million construction contract for the Dubai North station was awarded to Al Fanar Company “to meet the growing load demand for new substations, which are being built to expand the infrastructure in and around Dubai Airport.” It is expected to be completed by January 2021.

A fourth $93 million construction contract for Shams station was awarded to ABB, “to meet growing load demand resulting from the planned expansion of the 1,500 MW power production capacity using PV panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar park, which is expected to be completed by December 2020.”

“DEWA’s initiatives and projects aim to strengthen its competitive position globally, especially in renewable and clean energy, sustainability, and green economy,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA. “This will strengthen the UAE’s global competitiveness with a focus on green economy, by launching projects in clean and renewable energy infrastructure.”

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