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UAE’s DEWA awards $272mn contract to boost Dubai's power capacity

State utility says it is also working to build 85 new power stations over the next three years at a cost of over AED11bn

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded the contract for the construction of electricity transmission projects, worth AED1.05 billion ($272 million).

The contract includes a 400/132kV substations, two 132/11 kV substations, and 75km of 132kV ground cables, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.

It added that this is part of DEWA’s efforts to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of electricity transmission networks in Dubai.

DEWA managing director and CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said the utility plans to make investments totalling AED81 billion over the next five years.

He added that in 2017, 21 400kV substations were completed, with 1,150km of ground cables laid.

"We aim to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of the transmission networks by providing a distinctive infrastructure and service facilities, to meet the sustainable development needs of Dubai, and provide electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency," he said.

There are currently 252 132/11kV substations, with 16 inaugurated in 2018, Al Tayer said, adding that the authority is currently working to build 85 stations over the next three years at a total value of AED9 billion, and six 400/132kV substations worth AED2.4 billion.

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