Posted by Bob Brunskill
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has ratified several contracts for infrastructure upgrades in the emirate worth a combined total of AED 522 million.
DEWA said the projects are in line with the directives of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which are aimed at consolidating Dubai's position as a leader in the region and strengthening its role as a global economic and financial hub.
The contracts include a long-term parts and services agreement with Ansaldo Energia to supply spare parts and consumables, refurbishments, upgrades, specialist services and hiring tools for gas turbines and repowering at Jebel Ali Power Station for a period of ten years.
In addition, DEWA said it had agreed deals with ABB Industries and Areva T&D ME for implementing transmission system upgrades involving various 400 kV and 132 kV substations.
"DEWA dedicates a great importance to the networks of power transmission and the main substations which constitute the backbone of Dubai's electricity," commented Mohammed Al Tayer.
"This comes side by side with its strategy to deliver stable, continuous and highly reliable electricity to all customers in line with the vision of our government."
Last week, it was reported that the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research has signed an agreement with electronic systems company Thales for the development of a new educational, research and development programme in engineering for the UAE.