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DEWA awards $286m substations deal

French giant takes home its largest ever UAE contract win

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Areva will deliver 11 substations to DEWA in the first half of 2011.
Areva will deliver 11 substations to DEWA in the first half of 2011.

In what Areva hopes will be a strong few weeks for contract wins in the UAE, the French firm has announced that it was taken home a US$286 million deal to build 11 substations for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The order is the largest-ever for Areva Transmission and Distribution (T&D) in the UAE and will contribute to the development and improvement of the 132Kv electrical distribution network in the fast-growing emirate.

The scope of the contract includes the provision of 11 high voltage gas insulated substations (GIS), which will be delivered in the first half of 2011.

“We are honored to have been awarded this prestigious contract,” said Philippe Guillemot, chairman and CEO of Areva T&D.

“Thanks to our robust local set up and close proximity to DEWA, AREVA T&D is able to provide a solution that exactly matches DEWA's expectations.”

Areva is also part of a French consortium – alongside EDF, GDF Suez and Total – that is hopeful of winning the UAE’s first nuclear contract. The winner of the bid, which is worth an estimated $40 billion, is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
 

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