The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), as part of improving the quality of life of Dubai citizens, has decided to start two new substations at Al-Awir and Jebel Ali. These new installations are done as part of the integrated housing plan started under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime minister of UAE, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the crown Prince of Dubai. According to the housing plan, a total of 15,800 new houses would be created by the year 2026. The step taken by DEWA would also ensure more social security and well-being for Dubai citizens.
Dewa Commissions New Substations Worth Aed 1.715 Billion This Year
DEWA has invested a total of AED 10 billion in new electricity transmission projects from 2021 to 2024.
Sayeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said that the company has always kept consumer satisfaction as the most important yardstick and always strives to give state-of-the-art technology for the uninterrupted supply of electricity and water throughout Dubai. As of 2022, DEWA recorded a growth of about 22 percent in the number of new substations. He also noted that the new innovative and technologically advanced practices carried out by DEWA have proven to be one of the most reliable and consistent energy sources in the whole of Dubai. DEWA has also been the best performer worldwide since 2018 in the area of energy transmission-related services.
DEWA was formed in 1992 as a merger of the Dubai Electricity Company and the Dubai Water Department. It was the initiative of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the then Prime Minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai. DEWA has headed the solar power revolution in Dubai as it has one of the world’s largest independent power producer solar parks called the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The solar plant produces power both day and night as it has a large storage capacity of 15 hours. According to the 2019 statistics, DEWA had 11,727 employees working under different departments. It serves the electricity needs of 915,623 customers and the water services of 816,580 customers.
In August this year, DEWA reported a quarterly net profit of AED 2.6 billion. There is an increased demand for DEWA services throughout Dubai and this has led to a rise in the profit margin. DEWA installed an Automatic Smart Grid Restoration System (ASGR) in June this year as part of its smart tech initiative. ASGR doesn’t require any sort of human interference or assistance and it can find faulty power networks and automatically reestablishes the power service.
DEWA is also one of the first companies to use nanosatellites to monitor its power and water networks. It had signed an MoU with French company Eutelsat to provide technical assistance for its nanosatellite DEWA-SAT1. They are also using drone tech to surveil the existing power and water systems and their services for asset protection. In other measures to promote renewable and sustainable energy models, DEWA launched the ‘Dubai EV community hub’ website which is targeted at encouraging the use of EV vehicles and also sensitizing the people also regarding the benefits of EVs. Currently, DEWA has set up 334 EV charging stations throughout Dubai and is planning to expand the number in the coming years.
DEWA has also won numerous awards for its efforts in pushing the frontiers of renewable energy and clean water. The British Safety Council awarded the Globe of Honor Award for Environment and Sword of Honor for Health and Safety to DEWA and it also got three Global Excellence Assembly Awards at the beginning of this year.