DUBAI 20 June 2017: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is building 3 major 132/11kV substations, with 45 kilometres (km) of high-voltage 132kV cables, at an estimated total cost of about Dh420 million.
The substations are named Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity after the three sub-themes of Expo 2020, whose main theme is, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’
The Mobility substation, which will have a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt amperes (MVA), is 80% complete, and is expected to be operational by the end of August. Construction began on 1 July 2015, at a total cost of Dh 173 million, comprising Dh80 million for the plant and Dh93.6 million for 132kV cables.
The Sustainability station is due to be operational in October 2017, and the Opportunity station in December 2017.
In addition, Dewa is working on a project to extend major water transport networks, using 600- and 1,200mm-diameter pipes, as well as pumping stations and distribution networks, at an estimated total cost of approximately Dh515 million, to raise water flow and ensure the continuity of adequate supplies to meet the increasing demand for water.
“In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to host the best Expo that the world has ever seen in Dubai, and to emphasise its commitment to sustainability, which is one of the subthemes of World Expo 2020, Dewa has also assigned Dh3 billion to clean-energy-related projects to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide 400MW of clean energy to Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa.
“Dewa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Expo 2020 Dubai, to become its Official Sustainable Energy Partner.
By Rajive Singh