Posted by Bob Brunskill
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has begun a new oil cable replacement project in a bid to increase the reliability and operational efficiency of its grids.
DEWA said the project involved replacing 132KV oil cables with other, up-to-date cables as a precautionary measure to ensure an uninterrupted supply to all consumers.
The cost of the project was put at AED 101.5 million.
"This project is part of a series of other projects aiming at the constant update of DEWA's infrastructure as well as raising its efficiency and capacity in order to secure delivering outstanding services at highest level of reliability," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive officer of DEWA.
According to the authority, the replacement cables will cover Al Satwa, Al Hudaiba, Riqat Al Buttain, Al Mankhol and Dry Dock.
The project is due to be completed within a year.
Last week, meanwhile, it was reported that the UAE is to form a starting point for a regional cable network (RCN) project aimed at providing a high-capacity, alternative internet infrastructure in the Middle East.