HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has confirmed that DEWA awarded contracts to construct four 400/132kV substations at the same time. The contracts are worth AED 1.28 billion, with the 4 substations adding to DEWA’s existing 21 400/132kV substations. This is part of DEWA’s efforts to increase the capacity and efficiency of its electricity and transmission networks. The projects included the AED 314,932,395 construction contract to Grid Solution SAS to build the Canal Garden Station, to meet expected demand growth from new projects and to reduce the load on the Gardens and Al Barsha. It is scheduled to be completed by February 2020. DEWA awarded the second contract to Siemens for the Dubai South station substation, worth AED 323,038,910 to meet growing load demand. The new substation will be built within the Dubai World Central project, and is scheduled to be completed by March 2020. The AED 304,544,763 construction contract for the Dubai North station was awarded to Al Fanar Company to meet the growing load demand for new substations, which are being built to expand the infrastructure in and around Dubai Airport. It is expected to be completed by January 2021. The AED 338,871,270 construction contract for Shams station was awarded to ABB, to meet growing load demand resulting from the planned expansion of the 1,500 MW power production capacity using PV panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar park, which is expected to be completed by December 2020. The main transmission stations are equipped with the latest digital technology, which will contribute to supporting the reliability and efficiency of these stations and ultimately serve Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans. “DEWA’s vision is aligned with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and support the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 to secure a happy future and a better life for future generations and raise the UAE’s status as the best country in the world, as well as the Dubai Plan 2021 to provide the best government services. DEWA’s initiatives and projects aim to strengthen its competitive position globally, especially in renewable and clean energy, sustainability, and green economy,” said Al Tayer. “There are currently 243 132/11kV substations, and 15 inaugurated in 2017, with 9 inaugurated since the beginning of 2018. DEWA is currently working to build 112 stations over the next few years at a total value of AED 10 billion. We consider the highest standards in quality and safety when building energy transmission stations and we adopt the latest technologies. These will contribute to increasing the reliability and efficiency of work to serve Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans and promote sustainable development efforts in the UAE. DEWA’s strategy is to invest AED 81 billion over the next five years to meet the energy needs of the Emirate. This will strengthen the UAE’s global competitiveness with a focus on green economy, by launching projects in clean and renewable energy infrastructure. DEWA plans to increase energy production, including the construction of power plants in the Hassyan area, and at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in addition to Jebel Ali and Al Aweer, and the hydroelectric power station that make use of the water stored in the Hatta dam, and the development of an island to store hydropower.