DEWA commissions 15 substations in line with national development plans

Utilities firm remains committed to outperforming its European and American counterparts

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned 15 132/11kV substations according to a statement from the utilities company. The substations are located in Salal, Saih Al Shuaib, Expo 2020, Warsan 1, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens, Palm Jumeirah, Al Markad, Nad Al Hammar, Business Bay and Zabeel 2 and cost a total of $471m.

At the end of 2017, DEWA had a total of 236 132/11kV substations, 15 of which were commissioned in 2017.

“DEWA is providing advanced infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for energy and water use in Dubai and to provide energy and water supplies at the highest levels of availability, reliability and efficiency. The commissioning of 15 132/11kV substations reflects the unique approach adopted by DEWA to improve the services we provide to our customers,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.

Al Tayer said that DEWA is committed to continuing its development plans and projects with the aim of outperforming European and American companies, and achieving competitive global results.

“This reflects DEWA’s position as being at the forefront of the international community, by reducing Customer Minutes Lost (CML) to 2.68 minutes compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union. DEWA recorded 3.3% losses in its electricity transmission and distribution networks compared to 6-7% recorded in Europe and the US. Water network losses decreased to 7.1%, compared to 15% in North America. The UAE, represented by DEWA ranked first globally for getting electricity, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018,” explained Al Tayer.

DEWA notes that its current power generation capacity is 10,413MW, with clean energy contributing 413MW. By 2020, clean energy is expected to contribute 1,313MW, while the total electricity generation capacity in Dubai will be 14,085MW, which includes solar power.

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