Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated 16 new substations in 2021. These include fourteen 132 kV stations with a conversion capacity of 2,100 megavolt amperes and two 400 kV stations with a capacity of conversion of 4,000 megavolt amperes in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Al Quoz 2.
“The commissioning of 16 substations in 2021 is part of DEWA’s efforts to increase the capacity, efficiency and availability of Dubai’s electricity transmission networks,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO. by DEWA. “This is part of our efforts to promote digital transformation across all of our operations and services.”
The total value of DEWA’s investments in existing and completed electricity transmission projects in 2021 reached MAD 9.5 billion. This included Dh2 billion for key 400 kV transmission projects and Dh7.5 billion for 132 kV projects.
Hussain Lootah, executive vice president of Transmission Power at DEWA, said completing these substations required more than 25 million hours of safe work. He noted that the total number of 132 kV substations has reached 321 stations of which 33 are under construction.
DEWA installed 222 kilometers of 400 kV overhead transmission lines and 97 kilometers of 132 kV earth cables to connect the substations to the main transmission network. These stations feed Satwa, Palm Deira, Jebel Ali Industrial 1, Umm Al Daman, Al Barsha First, Al Barsha South Third, Mirdif, Wadi Al Safa 2, Al Khiran First, Al Ruwayah Third, Al Quoz Third and Business Bay Crossing. The total cost of these stations and projects reached approximately 2.92 billion Dh.