(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Friday) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it is continuing its efforts to raise and upgrade the emirate’s power capacity and infrastructure to keep pace with the growth of demand.

The agency upgraded its 132kV power transmission grid by opening a 120-million-dirham 132/11kV main substation with a 150 MVA (megavolt per ampere) capacity at the Factories Area in Industrial Area 4 last month. It also invested 130 million dirham to lay the 132kV ground cables. (US$1=3.7 dirham).

“These efforts aim to consolidate Dubai’s leading position in the region and enhance its role as a global hub for economy and finance. Also, DEWA seeks to enhance the efficiency of power transmission grids and strengthen its infrastructure; so that all vital projects can make use of these various services,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA’s managing director and CEO.

The ground cables have been extended by 14km to connect the 400/132kV main transformation substation to enhance efficiency and reliability, and ensure uninterrupted supply to all customers at all times.

He said: “These substations adopt cutting-edge digital technologies for substations, to improve their efficiency and reliability and serve Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans. There are also another 30 132kV substations under construction.”