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Dubai records steep increase in power capacity

by Adam Lane on Jan 27, 2013

Dubai power capacity increased to almost 10GW in 2012, a 10.6% increase on 2011.
Dubai power capacity increased to almost 10GW in 2012, a 10.6% increase on 2011.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reported a steep rise in installed power capacity in 2012, up 10.6% on the previous year. Total available power output stood at 9,646 MW, compared with 8,721 MW in 2011.

“This remarkable development and enhancement of DEWA’s electricity and water infrastructure in 2012 supports the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide efficient and reliable services to meet the city’s fast-paced economic, social, and construction development,” said DEWA CEO and MD, H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Al Tayer said that the number of 132kV substations had increased to 184 through last year, up from 165 in 2011, whilst DEWA also added an additional 400kV substation to its network.

“Comparing 132kV electricity transmission networks, the length of cables laid grew to 1,932km in 2012 compared to 1,687km in 2011, an increase of 14.5%. The total length of water transmission networks in the 550-1200 mm-diameter range grew to 2,059km in 2012 compared to 1,981km in 2011, an increase of 4%. The water distribution networks totaled 8,521km in 2012 compared to 8,288km in 2011, achieving a growth of 3%,” Al Tayer added.



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