Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) unveiled its plans to build 3 new 400 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, with an allocated budget of AED 1 billion.

The 3 substations will be added to DEWA’s already existing 21 substations. DEWA is working in adherence with its strategy to increase the efficiency of electricity services to support its facilities and future objectives, to raise the efficiency and reliability of its infrastructure, and contribute to economic growth and the prosperity of the Emirate.

“In adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we work to raise the capacity and efficiency of electricity grids, by developing world-class infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable development of the Emirate. DEWA also works to provide water and electricity services at the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency. These ambitious plans will strengthen DEWA’s ability to produce energy. DEWA’s total production capacity reached 10,000 megawatts (MW) during 2016, while the peak demand for electricity was recorded at 7,982 MW, compared to 7,696 MW in 2015, reflecting a growth of 4%. The three 400 kV substations will greatly contribute to DEWA’s efforts to meet the increasing demand for water and electricity in Dubai. We have allocated a total investment of AED 65 billion towards Dubai’s energy sector over the next five years, which will play a major role in supporting the growth of a green economy, and enhancing the UAE’s level of competitiveness in energy efficiency, and energy technologies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“DEWA currently serves over 788,824 customers, and achieved a 95% rating for customer happiness during 2016. We plan to increase our total production capacity by establishing power plants in Hassyan, and at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and expanding our power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer. Sixteen 132/11 kV substations out of 224 were established during 2016. We will establish other 113 substations over the next 3 years, with a total investment of more than AED 10 billion. When establishing new substations, we work according to the highest safety and quality standards, while adopting the latest and most advanced technology, to efficiently achieve Dubai’s economic objectives, and promote the sustainable development of the Emirate,” concluded Al Tayer.