DEWA boosts grid efficiency
Peak electricity load in Dubai increased to 6637MW in July
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has recorded an increase of 431 MW in the capacity and efficiency of its electricity transmission networks, increasing to 6637 MW from 6206 MW for all of 2011 in the annual electricity peak load in Dubai. This equates to a 7% increase as of July 2012.
Speaking on the news, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA CEO and MD, said “We are fully committed to maintaining and improving the capacity and efficiency of our substations and transmission networks to continue offering world-class sustainable and environment friendly services, which will achieve high levels of customer satisfaction. Part of our strategy is to expand our transmission and distribution networks catering to Dubai’s construction business growth.”
“DEWA is currently one of the leading global utility providers in comparison with other utilities around the world. We recorded high levels of excellence in services, reliability, sustainability, and infrastructure management. The increase in electricity and water services demand in Dubai is a clear indicator of the booming economy in the Emirate,” he added.
DEWA has been engaged in a large-scale programme of upgrading its grid, including adding new 132kV and 400kV substations to the network.
The efforts to improve grid efficiency, earlier in the year, contributed to the decision to defer the massive Hassyan Power Plant. DEWA reported that percentage line losses on the network had been reduced from 6.28% in 2001, to 3.49% in 2011, and improved efficiencies at existing plants had negated the need for the new plant.