Kepco enters Middle East market with smart grid contract from Dewa
November 3, 2015
Korea Electric Power (Kepco) has entered the Middle East market with a contract to build a smart grid station for the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa). The station will be built in Ruwayyah and will be a modular concept that connects smart grids to smart buildings.
The contract was signed last week by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa, and Cho Hwan Eik, CEO of Kepco. The contract is part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by both parties in 2014 to exchange information on smart grids, smart cities and benchmarks, and organising mutual workshops to raise awareness.
Al Tayer affirmed both the importance of cooperation between Dewa and Kepco in renewable energy, and the importance of improving and enhancing this cooperation to improve services, which both parties excel in. He invited Kepco to participate in more projects, including research and development, IoT, big data and drones.
“Dewa works to enhance our strategic partnership with international organisations, to support the competiveness of the UAE and Dubai by providing the best government services based on best international standards to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction and happiness,” said Al Tayer. “We are delighted to work with Kepco. This contract represents an achievement for both sides and allows both parties to take advantage of the available skills and best practices for smart cities and smart grids around the world.”
The pilot project brings smart grids and smart buildings together. Dewa is exploring the concept of smart grid stations, which connect smart buildings to each other to share information, to help improve energy and water efficiency and make optimal use of renewable energy within a smart city.
The project will include several ideas and developments regarding wind energy, battery storage and building management. The project also supports Dewa’s initiatives to support the Smart Dubai vision to make Dubai the smartest city in the world within three years. These smart initiatives include the Shams Dubai initiative to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels on rooftops to produce solar energy and connect it to Dewa’s grid, the smart applications through smart meters and grids initiative, and the green charger initiative to build the infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations in Dubai.
Cho Hwan Eik noted the importance of enhancing cooperation with Dewa and highlighted the Kepco-owned smart grid project in Jeju Island, which is considered to be a model in smart grids and applications and smart homes connected to the grid, as well as electric vehicles, smart stations and power storage.
A high-level delegation from Kepco attended the signing, including Hwang Woo Hyun, vice president, Kim Hoichon, secretary to the CEO, and senior managers. Representatives from Dewa included executive vice presidents Abdullah Obaidullah, Yousef Al Akraf and Waleed Salman, and Khawla Al Mehairi, vice president, and Ahmed Abdullah, senior manager.
The Korean delegates confirmed their interest of strengthening their on-going partnership with Dewa.