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Dewa invests AED93m to expand smart grid

Steve Rogerson
October 17, 2018

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) is investing AED93m to expand its smart grid network and improve its reliability.
The authority has awarded contracts to design, manufacture, test and supply 11/0.4kV, 1500kVA and 1000kVA cast resin distribution transformers with low-voltage smart meters to various leading international transformer manufacturers. The total cost of the 990 transformers is worth around AED93m.
This supports Dewa’s on-going efforts to meet various requirements to expand the electricity distribution network, and provide its services according to the highest international levels of efficiency, reliability and availability.
These transformers will increase the capacity, efficiency and reliability of the electricity distribution network in Dubai and should ensure a continuous and stable supply of power to all users. The supply of these transformers will be completed by July 2019.
“Dewa continues to implement vital development projects in line with its vision, which is aligned with federal and local strategies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (pictured), CEO of Dewa. “These include the UAE Vision 2021, the National Agenda, the UAE Centennial 2071, Dubai Plan 2021 and the Smart Dubai initiative. We have made significant achievements and excelled in our efficiency, sustainability and optimal management of infrastructure investments, and smart network operations. In all our operations, we focus on availability, reliability and efficiency in our electricity and water services.”
A delegation led by Al Tayer recently visited Huawei in Shanghai, China. The visit aimed to enhance mutual relationships and share best practices and experiences in the fields of smart networks, digital transformation, automation, cloud platforms and artificial intelligence.
Al Tayer signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Guo Ping, chairman of Huawei, to build a partnership that achieves the strategic objectives of both parties, including the co-creation of digital services, co-marketing of digital products in the UAE and around the world, and the co-sharing of the value created from these businesses enabled services.
As per the MoU, a joint research and development team will be established for initiatives, including the development of an advanced networking infrastructure backbone and access, and of a network self-healing mechanism. It also includes IoT technology, cloud services, pre-fab data centre facilities, smart city initiatives, digital services and AI.