Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded contracts for the construction of four 400/132kV substations.
DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said the contracts are worth AED1.28bn ($348.5m). The four substations add to DEWA’s existing 21 400/132kV substations.
The projects include the AED314.9m ($85.74m) construction contract to Grid Solution to build the Canal Garden Station to reduce the load on the Gardens and Al Barsha. This project is scheduled to be completed by February 2020.
The second contract was awarded to Siemens for the Dubai South station substation, worth AED 323m ($87.95m) to meet growing load demand. This substation, which will be built within the Dubai World Central project, is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.
Al Fanar Company was awarded the AED 304.5m ($82.91m) construction contract for the Dubai North station to meet the growing load demand for new substations, which are being constructed to expand the infrastructure in and around Dubai Airport. This is expected to be completed by January 2021.
The AED 338.8m ($92.26m) contract for Shams station was awarded to ABB to meet growing load demand due to the planned expansion of the 1,500MW power production capacity using PV panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar park. This is expected to be completed by December 2020.
The main transmission stations feature latest digital technology, which will contribute to supporting the reliability and efficiency of these stations.
Al Tayer said: “There are currently 243 132/11kV substations, and 15 inaugurated in 2017, with nine inaugurated since the beginning of 2018.
“DEWA is currently working to build 112 stations over the next few years at a total value of AED10bn ($2.72bn).
“We consider the highest standards in quality and safety when building energy transmission stations and we adopt the latest technologies. These will contribute to increasing the reliability and efficiency of work to serve Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans and promote sustainable development efforts in the UAE.”
DEWA plans to invest AED81bn ($22.05bn) over the next five years to meet the energy needs of the Emirate.