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Dewa building 3 substations for Expo 2020

UAE Business

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is building three 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations with 45 km of high-voltage (132 kV) cables in support of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

The total cost of the electricity projects will be Dh420 million ($114.318 million). They support Dubai Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its three sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity and are named as such.

Dewa is also building water transmission networks with pipelines that are 600 and 1200 mm in diameter, pumping stations and distribution stations. With a planned budget of Dh515 million ($140.176 million), these projects will increase water-flow rates and ensure an adequate water supply to meet the increasing demands.

Dewa managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer recently inspected the construction progress of the substations. He was accompanied by Hussain Lootah, executive vice president of transmission power at Dewa; Khalifa Al Mehairi, vice president of distribution maintenance; and Saeed Al Jallaf, vice president of transmission projects and permits.

Al Tayer also visited the World Expo 2020 headquarters, and was welcomed by Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, senior vice president of the Unified Project Management Office - Expo 2020; and Ahmed Al Khatib, senior vice president of real estate development at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). They discussed progress made in the construction of the exhibition site.

The substations will all be ready by 2017. Mobility will be operational by March, Sustainability by October and Opportunity by December.

Dewa’s efforts are focused on establishing excellent energy infrastructure that meets the emirate’s development needs. It has launched a wide variety of initiatives to support this, allocating over Dh2.6 billion ($707.68 million) to boost electricity, water, and renewable energy projects, according to the highest international standards. This contributes towards organising the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“To emphasise its commitment to sustainability, which is one of the main pillars of World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Dewa has also assigned a large part of the budget to clean-energy-related projects in support of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050," said Al Tayer.

"This will make Dubai’s carbon footprint the lowest in the world. Most prominent of these projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and the Shams Dubai project to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity from solar energy and connect it to Dewa’s grid.

"Dewa has also budgeted for research and development, and research and innovation in renewable energy. All these will promote sustainable development in the UAE. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide a dedicated supply of 100 MW electricity to Dubai Expo 2020 to manage its energy requirements,” said Al Tayer.

As part of the Smart Applications and Smart Meters initiatives, Dewa is building a smart grid to become the first network in the world to provide the entire value chain of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to the Expo. The smart grid includes demand-side management, asset management, distribution automation, substation automation, system integration, and smart meters.

Dewa plans to install one million smart meters by 2020 across Dubai, and replace all mechanical and electromechanical meters during the next few years.

Dewa has allocated Dh7 billion ($1.905 billion) worth of investments to the development of smart grids, he said. - TradeArabia News Service

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