Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) commissioned 1,414 distribution substations of 11 kilovolts (kV) in the entire Dubai last year, resulting in a total of 996,648 man-hours of work.

"DEWA builds a state-of-the-art infrastructure that keeps pace with the sustainable development requirements in Dubai and meets the needs of customers, developers, and businesses," Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said in a statement as per WAM .

Al Tayer pointed out that this was accomplished because of the "well-thought-out and reliable planning processes based on the latest foresight tools to contribute to the sustainable urban development of Dubai, supporting the goals of the Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan."

Aside from energy and water production projects, the government agency is also working towards enhancing the "transmission and distribution networks based on electricity demand forecast until 2030, considering the Emirate's demographic and economic growth."

Meanwhile, Rashid Bin Humaidan, executive vice president of Distribution Power at DEWA, noted that the total number of medium voltage substations reached 44,015 last year.

Humaidan further said that all substations are commissioned as per the highest standards of quality, efficiency, and safety using the latest digital technologies.

Last year in November, DEWA signed an agreement with Expo City Dubai to facilitate renewable energy, aligned with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

This agreement was formalized in the presence of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of the UAE, as well as Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.

In the same month, DEWA also launched the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Conference in collaboration with the IEEE Electron Device Society, an organization that helps electron-based device professionals when it comes to recognition, education and exchange of technical information.

DEWA also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi energy firm Masdar in July to build and operate the sixth phase of the landmark Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which was developed to provide clean energy to 540,000 residences in the city and reduce carbon emissions.