DEWA awards $286m contract for power transmission projects

WCN Editorial Team 9 Jul 2018 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a AED1.05bn ($286m) contract for the construction of electricity transmission projects, including a 400/132kV substation, two 132/11kV substations and 75km of 132kV ground cables.

The contract has been awarded as part of DEWA’s efforts to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of electricity transmission networks in Dubai.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “We work to achieve the vision of our wise leadership and to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in line with DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.

“DEWA’s necessary investments total AED81bn ($22bn) over the next five years. In 2017, 21 400kV substations were completed, with 1,150km of ground cables.

“We aim to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of the transmission networks by providing a distinctive infrastructure and service facilities, to meet the sustainable development needs of Dubai, and provide electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency.”

According to Al Tayer, DEWA seeks to support and raise the capacity and efficiency of transmission networks to meet the growing demand for energy and the needs of sustainable development in the Emirate.

He said: “There are currently 252 132/11kV substations, with 16 inaugurated in 2018. DEWA is currently working to build 85 stations over the next 3 years at a total value of AED9bn ($2.45bn), and six 400/132kV substations worth AED2.4bn ($653m).

“We consider the highest standards in quality and safety when building substations and we adopt the latest technologies, to serve Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans.”

DEWA said it is using the industry-wide Internet of Things (IoT) platform Predix, developed by General Electric (GE), for connection of machines, data and people to collect and analyse data in real time, to enhance the speed and efficiency of its operations.

The move is part of the asset management innovation programme in electricity and water production at DEWA’s generation division, where assets will be integrated into power plants through the application of the Predix cloud-computing platform to provide analytical solutions for Big Data.

Applications include automated learning techniques and built-in artificial intelligence to predict the asset’s lifecycle and prevent future malfunctions.

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Image: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

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