His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, confirmed to “Al Bayan” that the Authority has provided advanced infrastructure for electricity distribution networks in Expo Dubai under the umbrella of smart energy networks through automation and smart monitoring of power distribution stations accurately and in real time around the clock. Pointing out that under this project “Smart Monitoring and Automation of Power Distribution Stations”, about 250 substations have been linked to the Distribution Operations Control Center in a manner that ensures enhanced response speed to reconnect the service, and contributes to improving operational processes and enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the power distribution network in Expo. 2020 Dubai to achieve the well-being and happiness of customers and visitors during the exhibition.
He added: The authority has an integrated system for risk management and institutional flexibility that includes crisis management and business continuity, as the authority has obtained accreditations from international organizations compatible with best practices in this regard, and in light of this the authority prepares the necessary plans and strategies to deal with various types of risks related to the energy sector. It carries out periodic exercises in cooperation with its strategic partners to ensure the efficiency of capabilities and raise the level of readiness in general.
His Excellency affirmed: The authority has worked to transform the challenges posed by the emerging corona virus pandemic into opportunities by accelerating digital transformation and consolidating its advanced smart and digital infrastructure, in a way that contributes to keeping pace with the rapid developments and enhancing institutional flexibility and agility.
He continued: From this standpoint, the authority has the necessary capabilities to deal with emergency situations in Expo 2020 Dubai, by providing the relevant teams at the sites before, during and after the Expo, in order to ensure an immediate response to any energy-related situations, in addition to providing the highest levels of service to customers or participants. At the exhibition, a number of mobile generators have also been allocated to facilitate their connection with the Expo 2020 Dubai electrical grid in emergency situations.
His Excellency Al Tayer said: The authority is in constant and continuous coordination with the Dubai Events Insurance Committee regarding preparedness and preparedness in emergency situations, as the competent teams meet periodically to find out the most important challenges and risks related to the services provided by DEWA to Expo 2020 Dubai and prepare response plans for outages. Energy-related services or emergencies.
His Excellency Saeed Al Tayer referred to DEWA’s projects in Expo Dubai and said: DEWA is proud to be the official sustainable energy partner for Expo 2020 Dubai, as it will supply this global event with electricity and water. The authority, in cooperation with the concerned authorities in the UAE, contributes to preparing to host the best edition of the Expo that the world can ever witness in Dubai, under the wise leadership.
He explained that the authority allocated 4.26 billion dirhams to support infrastructure projects for electricity and water networks at the exhibition using the latest smart systems, in addition to providing the Dubai Expo with clean energy from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar energy complex in one location in the world, according to Independent product system.
On the trip to host Expo 2020 Dubai, the authority accomplished a number of mega projects and achievements on the ground, including the construction of three major substations with a capacity of 11/132 kilovolts with high-voltage cable lines of 132 kilovolts of lengths up to 45 kilometers, bearing the names of Expo 2020 sub-topics. Dubai, which is: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, with an estimated total cost of 420 million dirhams.
This is in addition to projects to extend main water transmission networks with diameters of 600 and 1200 mm, pumping stations and distribution networks, the total cost of which is estimated at 515 million dirhams, and aims to increase the quantities of water flow, and to ensure the continuity of adequate supplies of water to meet the rapid growth in water.
He added: In July 2015, work began on the first major substation called “Mobility”, with a voltage of 132/11 kilovolts and a conversion capacity of 150 megavolts-ampere, and it is one of the three major substations responsible for supplying the Dubai Expo with the necessary energy during its holding. Its total cost reached more than 173 million dirhams, including about 80 million dirhams for the construction of the station, and about 93 million and 600 thousand dirhams, the cost of 132 kV cables.
Work began in September 2015 on the second major transmission station, which is called “Al Estidama”, with a voltage of 132/11 kV, with a transforming capacity of 150 MVA, with a total cost of about 103 million dirhams; Of these, more than 83 million dirhams for the construction of the station, and about 20 million dirhams, the cost of 132 kV cables.
In September 2015, work began on the third major transmission station, which is called “Opportunities”, with a voltage of 132/11 kilovolts, with a transforming capacity of 150 MVA. The total project cost exceeded 142 million dirhams; Of these, more than 83 million dirhams for the construction of the station, and about 59 million and 700 thousand dirhams, the cost of 132 kV cables.
Al Tayer explained that the authority is working on developing the “green hydrogen” project in cooperation with the Expo 2020 Dubai office and the German “Siemens” company, in the external testing facilities of the Authority’s Research and Development Center at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex.
This pilot project, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region to produce hydrogen using clean energy, is in addition to the authority’s efforts in innovation, research and development in the fields of energy storage, in addition to sustainability, which is one of the themes of Expo 2020 Dubai. The project also supports the authority’s efforts to contribute to hosting one of the most sustainable exhibitions in the history of Expo, and the project will contribute to developing the concept of green economy in the UAE.
His Excellency Al Tayer indicated that as part of DEWA’s efforts to contribute to making Expo 2020 Dubai sustainable, “green charger” stations for charging electric cars are being installed at the Dubai Expo site office, and in the Opportunities Pavilion, the Sustainability Pavilion and the Mobility Pavilion to provide car charging service. Electrical for the exhibition visitors.
The authority is committed to implementing the directives of the Supreme Council of Energy, as the Council directed government agencies in the emirate to raise the percentage of electric and hybrid cars in their annual purchases of vehicles to at least 10% until the end of 2024, to reach 20% from the beginning of 2025 until the end of 2029, and 30% from the beginning 2030 year.
These percentages apply to cars purchased and rented, in line with the Dubai Green Mobility 2030 strategy, and the Dubai strategy to reduce carbon emissions, which aims to reduce these emissions from the transport and communications sector.
The authority has also successfully installed more than 270 electric charging stations in various locations in the Emirate of Dubai, such as government agencies, real estate developers, airports, gas stations, shopping centers, some clinics and hospitals, and many commercial offices and residential complexes in the emirate as part of the ‘Green Charger’ initiative in coordination with the concerned authorities in Emirate of Dubai.
His Excellency Saeed Al Tayer explained that through the ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative, Expo 2020 Dubai buildings are being powered by solar photovoltaic arrays that have been installed at the event site. “Shams Dubai” aims to encourage building and home owners to install photovoltaic solar panels on rooftops to produce electricity and connect them to the authority’s grid. The locally produced energy is consumed inside the building with the surplus being exported to the authority’s network.
DEWA completed its network of 6,587 rooftop solar systems in Dubai, including residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with a total capacity of about 248.1 megawatts. At the Expo Dubai, the authority has received more than 25 network connection requests so far, and it is expected that the requests will double as the exhibition launch date approaches.
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