DEWA completes 98.83% of $72.4mn project to extend Dubai’s water transmission network

Project includes the enhancement of the water network and installation and commissioning of pipelines

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the completion of 98.83% of its project to extend its water transmission network by 36km across Dubai, at a total cost of $72.4mn.

According to a WAM report, the project includes the enhancement of the water network, including the installation and commissioning of pipelines along Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, pipelines from the Hassyan Pump Station to Dubai Investments Park and Dubai World Central, pipelines from Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) station in the Jebel Ali Power Station and Water Desalination Complex to Sheikh Zayed Road, all of which are 100 percent completed.

The project also includes installation and commissioning of a pipeline from Nakhali Reservoir to Alaweer roundabout alongside the Dubai-Hatta Road, which is 95% completed; pipelines in Muhaisinah area, which is 98% completed, and a pipeline from Margham wellfield to Dubai Al Ain Road, which is 100% completed; All the project’s phases are expected to be completed by July 2022.

“In line with the vision and directives of the wise leadership, we are developing a world-class infrastructure for electricity and water to keep pace with the growing demand in Dubai and ensure the provision of our services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency and quality. DEWA’s total productivity of desalinated water is 490m imperial gallons per day (MIGD),” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“We use the latest international technologies in the generation, transmission, distribution and control of electricity and water networks, and follow the best international practices in all our projects to increase production and operational efficiency. We have made significant achievements in developing the water network to enhance its efficiency and reliability as well as raise water flow and volume of water reserves.

“We aim to increase the storage capacity of Dubai to 1002 MIG compared to the current capacity of 815 MIGD to meet the requirements of the sustainable development of Dubai. DEWA’s efforts have reduced the losses in water transmission and distribution networks from 42% in 1988 to 5.3% currently. This is one of the lowest scores in the world and compares favourably to North America, where water losses are around 15%,” he added.

Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President of Water and Civil at DEWA added that the project has two sections. Section A is 12.482 kilometres in total, and Section B is 24.03 kilometres in total.

DEWA has 100% completed Section A, while the completion rate of Section B is 97.67%. The project includes the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Glass-Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) water pipes (in different diameters), and also precast GRE chambers, he concluded.


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