Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) announced on Wednesday the growth numbers for its electricity, water transmission and distribution grids in 2022.

  • The total length of electricity transmission lines reached 4,332 kilometres (km)
  • The total length of electricity distribution lines - underground cables increased to 37,541 km.
  • The total length of electricity distribution lines - overhead lines reached 713.03 km.
  • The overall length of electricity transmission and distribution electricity lines at the end of 2022 stood at 42,586.71 km, while the same for water transmission and distribution lines stood at 13,769 km.
  • Line losses from electricity T&D networks were reduced to 2.2% compared to around 6-7% in the EU and the US.
  • In electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year, Dubai recorded 1.19 minutes per customer, compared to around 15 minutes in the  EU
  • DEWA’s total energy production capacity stood at 14,617 megawatts (MW) of electricity and 490 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water.
  • In 2022, DEWA inaugurated 17 new substations. These include fifteen 132kV stations with a conversion capacity of 2,280 megavolt amperes and two 400kV stations with a conversion capacity of 4,000 megavolt amperes.
  • DEWA installed five kilometres of 400kV overhead transmission lines and 247 kilometres of 132 kV ground cables to connect the substations to the main transmission network.
  • DEWA also commissioned 1,113 - 11 kV distribution substations across Dubai. There are now 73 - 33kV substations in service, and 42,771 medium voltage (11Kv or 6.6Kv) substations.

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon)