The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is planning to award AED11.4bn ($3.1bn) worth of contracts for the construction of 91 substations in the Emirate over the next three years.


Image: DEWA will award the contracts to build 85 stations over the next 3 years. Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash.

DEWA will award the contracts to build 85 stations over the next 3 years at a total value of AED9bn ($2.4bn), and six 400/132kV substations worth AED2.4bn ($650m).

The substations are being developed as part of Dewa’s plan to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of electricity transmission networks in order to meet the growing demand for energy, the Dubai utility firm said.

As part of this effort, DEWA has awarded the contract, worth AED1.05bn ($285m), for the construction of electricity transmission projects including a 400/132kV substations, two 132/11 kV substations, and 75km of 132kV ground cables.

DEWA 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 AED 81 billion 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.”

In June, DEWA said that it has commissioned 15 132/11 kV substations in Salal, Saih Al Shuaib, Expo 2020, Warsan 1, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens, Palm Jumeirah, Al Markad, Nad Al Hammar, Business Bay, Zabeel 2, as of 20 May 2018.

The substations were built with a total cost of AED1.73bn ($470bn). Overall, DEWA had 236 132/11kV substations by the end of 2017.

Currently, DEWA has a generation capacity of 10,413MW, with clean energy producing 413MW.

Al Tayer said: “We are committed to continuing our pioneering development plans and projects that have characterised DEWA’s work since its establishment, so that it will outperform European and American companies, achieving global competitive results.”