DEWA commissions $91m substation in Dubai South


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced operations of the new 400/132kV substation in Dubai South.

With a conversion capacity of 2020 megavolt-amperes (MVA), the AED336.5m ($91.5m) substation has 2.4km of 400kV overhead lines to connect with DEWA’s network.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide an advanced and integrated infrastructure for electricity and water according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency, and safety.

“This meets the growing demand and keeps pace with the sustainable development needs of Dubai.

“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.”

Al Tayer said that the new substation was implemented in compliance with the highest standards of quality, efficiency, and safety and using the latest digital technologies.

DEWA transmission power executive vice-president Hussein Lootah said that the new substation brings the total number of 400/32kV substations to 23.

The company is also developing four new substations and 250km 400kV overhead transmission lines with an investment of AED2bn ($544.4m).     

Additionally, DEWA’s 11 new 132/11kV substations, which have a combined value of AED1.5bn ($408.3m), are undergoing the final testing phase.

Last year, DEWA has awarded AED982m ($267m) contract to a consortium of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting and Ghantoot Gulf Contracting to build its new headquarters, called Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail).

Officials from DEWA during the commissioning of 400/132kV substation. (Credit: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority)

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