(EnergyAsia, June 30 2010, Wednesday) — Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) said it is building six substations with a power capacity of 400 kV and 56 others with a power capacity of 132 kV this quarter as part of its efforts to develop its transmission and distribution infrastructure in Dubai.

Costing up to 10 billion dirhams, the projects are vital to strengthen Dubai’s economy, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA’s managing director and CEO. (US$1=3.67 dirhams).

He said: “These stations cover large areas such as Al Diyafah, Muhaisina Jumeirah Village, Mirdiff, the Business Bay, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai Studio City, Dubailand, Silicon Oasis, Dubai Investment Park, Jebel Ali Free Zone and other areas.

“DEWA accomplished during last year’s 14 major substations of 400 kV and 139 main major substations of 132 KV. These stations constitute the backbone of our transmission network, and enables us to upgrade our production efficiency and operations, thus advancing in the process of sustainable development while introducing the latest technologically advanced projects to increase our energy production.

“These stations are equipped with the-state-of-the art technologies to further enhance their reliability and efficiency. These factors will ultimately serve the Dubai’s urban and economic expansion.”