Dubai Electricity and Water Authority plans to build 97 new 132/11 kV substations over the next three years at a projected cost of $2.7bn.

The substations will be located at Hassyan, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and other locations to support the expansion of other power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.

DEWA chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said the substations were part of a “plan for the development of the infrastructure required to meet increasing electricity and water demand in the Emirate. This will contribute to achieving Dubai’s ambitious urban objectives.”

At the end of last year, DEWA had 222 of its 132/11kV main substations, 16 of which were commissioned in 2016 at a cost of $544m.

Al Tayer added that DEWA’s total production capacity reached 10 GW in 2016, while its peak load was 7982 MW, compared to 7696 MW in 2015. 

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