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DEWA on track with solar substation

ABB-led project now 30% complete and will be ready in November 2016.

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DEWA is on track to complete the AED 250mn ($68mn) substation for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park on schedule in November 2016.

Work on the 400/132kV facility which will connect the solar power plant to the grid is around 30% complete, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said in an update.

The substation has three sections. The first includes a 400kV substation and has 11 gas-insulated switchgears (GIS). The second section includes a 132kV substation that has 21 GIS. The third section is the control building.

DEWA has appointed the Swiss engineering firm ABB to build the project and Energo as the project’s consultant. ABB is working with a number of companies on the project, including Commodore.

The solar park currently has a capacity of 13MW which will be expanded by 200MW in a second phase due to be compete in 2017. DEWA has invited bids for the 800MW third phase of the project.

Another substation with the same capacity will be built to transmit the solar energy of the Solar Park, which is expected to reach 3,000MW by 2030.

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