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DEWA completes $35mn Business Bay cable project

Moving of HV cables under canal completed eight months ahead of schedule.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has completed a project to relay high-voltage power cables under the Business Bay canal to the areas of Al Safa and Jumeirah.

The cables had to be moved because the Roads and Transport Authority is extending the canal from Business Bay under Sheikh Zayed Road to the coast.

The utility managed to complete the project eight month ahead of schedule at a total cost of AED125mn ($34mn), it said in a statement. Twenty-four cable paths totalling 21.1km were relayed inside 16-metre-deep underground tunnels.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: "The project rearranges the 132kV high-voltage pathways and diverts them to the tunnels to open up parts of the Business Bay canal project that the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority is currently carrying out.

“DEWA is redistributing the load on high-voltage electricity substations. This is done by introducing some modifications to the 132kV transmission network to meet growing demand in all areas of Dubai.”

DEWA has completed other modifications on the 132kV electricity transmission network in 2015 to redistribute load on substations, Al Tayer added. This included extending 26.6km of cables for 14 modifications, at a cost of AED81mn.

DEWA is currently implementing a number of projects to extend 170km of 132kV ground cables to new substations and upgrades to provide all areas with their power needs.

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