Dubai – MENA Herald: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) visited the 400 kilovolt (kV) substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in Seih Al-Dahal, Dubai. The progress that has been made on the project adheres to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020. This target will increase to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.
Al Tayer was accompanied by Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission Power at DEWA, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at DEWA, Moza Al Akraf, CIO of DEWA, Saeed Al Jallaf, Vice President of Transmission Projects and Permits, and Khalifa Al Mehairi, Vice President of Distribution Maintenance at DEWA.
Al Tayer was briefed about the latest developments on the main AED 275 million 400/132kV substation, which has a conversion capacity of 1,515 megavolt amperes (MVA). Swiss company ABB was the main contractor on the 400 kV substation, which is 67% complete. The station is expected to open during Q4 of 2016. Al Tayer emphasised the importance of meeting the deadline while adhering to health and safety criteria, because the project is essential for power transmission. Representatives from ABB highlighted the on-site construction works at the substation, which is divided into four sections. The first includes a 400kV substation with 11 gas-insulated switchgears (GIS).
The second section converts from 400 kV to 132kV with a conversion capacity of 1,515 MVA. It includes three 400/132 kV interconnecting transformers. The third section has 21 GIS and the fourth section houses the control and safety facilities. ABB is cooperating with a number of companies, including Energo and Comodor, to finish the project on time.