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FEWA starts underground HV cable project

Following numerous safety related complaints from residents, all the 33KV metal power posts and cables installed in 1981 along the Ittihad road will now be removed.

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The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) is commenced a project that will see all overhead transmission lines in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain replaced by underground high voltage cables, s senior official at the utility has revealed.

Following numerous safety related complaints from residents, all the 33KV metal power posts and cables installed in 1981 along the Ittihad road will now be removed.

"New earth power cables are being fitted deep down the earth along the 18km long arterial road, starting from the Salma power station to the Raafa substation in the direction of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah,” said Mohammed Saleh, Director General of the Authority, quoted by Khaleej Times.

The new 33KV power cables, already in service, have been connected to the Umm Al Thaub power station to supply the power needed to the Raafa substation instead of the old power posts, Saleh explained.

Residents across the UAE have previously expressed their concerns on overhead transmission cables, especially near residential areas, which they consider unsafe and an eye sore.

Abu Dhabi Island has made it clear that it would not allow overhead cables, citing environmental and safety concerns especially during stormy seasons.

Local cable manufacturer, Ducab, recently told UME that it would continue to advocate for the use of underground cables especially in city suburbs, saying that they take up a lot of real estate.

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