An order valued at about EUR 200 million has been awarded to Siemens Energy by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as part of the further expansion of the power supply network of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The order comprises delivery of two turnkey transformer substations for the 400 kV/132 kV voltage levels, which include gas-insulated, high voltage switchgear systems with a total of 24 switchbays for 400 kV and 59 switchbays for 132 kV, eight 500-MVA power transformers, and protection and control equipment. The project is scheduled for completion by February 2011.
The substations will supply electric power to new infrastructure projects. The steady increase in population and thriving trade, industry and tourism are currently driving up power consumption in the United Arab Emirates at an annual rate of about ten percent – more than double the average global growth rate.
This order is another to add to Siemens Energy’s portfolio in the Gulf region. In recent years Dubai alone has placed orders for 50 turnkey transformer substations. Just recently the infrastructure developer Tatweer commissioned Siemens with delivery of four turnkey high voltage substations for the planned Dubailand theme park. This order had a total volume of about EUR 95 million. Siemens Energy is involved in many other major projects in the Emirate including the Burj Dubai skyscraper, the Dubai Waterfront coastal development project and the three artificial Palm Islands.