Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has commissioned a new 400/132 kV substation in Dubai South with a conversion capacity of 2020 megavolt-amperes (MVA).
The project, which sees 2.4-km long 400kV overhead lines connected to Dewa’s network, boasts a total cost of Dh336.5 million ($91.6 million) was completed in a record time of 27 months, said a statement from Dewa.
According to Dewa, over 2.6 million safe working hours were successfully completed without injuries, despite the obstacles associated with the coronavirus epidemic during the final phases of the project.
The latest technologies were used to follow work progress remotely according to the highest standards of safety and security to protect the health of all workers.
Inaugurating the 400/132 kV substation in Dubai South is part of Dewa’s efforts to increase the capacity and efficiency of the power transmission network in the area and meet the requirements of customers, developers, and the business sector, as well as the demand requirements of the new 132 kV stations at Dubai World Central," remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa after commissioning the project.
"This new project meets the growing demand and keeps pace with the sustainable development needs of Dubai," he added.
According to him, the total value of Dewa’s power transmission network under construction exceeds AED 10 billion.
He said that the substation in Dubai South was implemented according to the highest standards of quality, efficiency, and safety and uses the latest digital technologies. This supports DEWA’s efforts to enhance digital transformation in all its services and operations.
Hussein Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission Power at Dewa, said that the new substation increases the total number of 400/132 kV substations to 23, in addition to 4 new substations being built and 250 kilometres 400 kV overhead transmission lines at an estimated cost of AED 2 billion.
Dewa is currently conducting the final testing of 11 new 132/11 kV substations costing up to AED 1.5 billion, noted Lootah.
The commissioning was also attended by Rashid Bin Humaidan, EVP of Distribution (Power); Waleed Salman, EVP of Business Development and Excellence; Dr Yousef Al Akraf, EVP of Business Support and Human Resources, and other Dewa staff.-TradeArabia News Service