Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Sunday that it will commission 12 new 132/11 kV substations in the second quarter of 2020.
The utility said in a statement that substations, built at an estimated cost of 1.5 billion dirhams ($408 million), are undergoing testing.
The statement said the utility had commissioned 8 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations since the beginning of 2020 at a total cost of 850 million UAE dirhams ($231 million).
DEWA's total number of 132/11kV substations will increase from 293 to 305 once the 12 substations are commissioned in the second quarter, according to the statement.
It noted that the 8 substations commissioned in the first quarter have a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt-amperes (MVA) and connect different areas of the emirate with 16 kilometres of high-voltage 132kV cable, thereby ensuring the "efficiency, reliability, and availability of DEWA's 132kV transmission networks."
DEWA's MD and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer noted that the substations incorporate "state-of-the-art digital technologies, contributing to promoting their efficiency and reliability, and highlight the construction and economic development plans for Dubai."
"Commissioning these new substations supports the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance economic and social development in the Emirate," he said.
In July 2018, DEWA had announced that it would build 68 new 132/11kV substations over the next three years at a projected value of 8 billion dirhams ($2.2 billion).
(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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