DEWA employs latest technologies to improve energy distribution network

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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State-owned utility service provider, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has implemented the best and latest preventive programs and systems to enhance its leadership of cable performance in the power distribution network.

DEWA uses preventive maintenance as well as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Artificial Intelligence to predict cable faults.

DEWA also adopts the advanced Condition Assessed Reliability Enhanced (CARE) and Cable Lifecycle Ageing project, which DEWA developed internally, to enhance and extend the life span of distribution cables through an advanced system based on data processing.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“We continuously work to enhance the capacity and efficiency of transmission and distribution networks to provide electricity and water services according to the highest standards of reliability, availability, efficiency, and sustainability to meet the growing demand for energy and water in Dubai. Its adoption of the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and smart grid technologies in the transmission and distribution of energy have helped DEWA surpass leading European and American companies in many indicators. In 2021, DEWA achieved a new world record in Customer Minutes Lost (CML). Dubai recorded an average of 1.43 minutes of CML in 2021, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union. DEWA has also reduced electricity network losses to 3.3 percent compared to 6-7 percent in Europe and the US. DEWA reduced the water network losses to 5.3 percent compared to 15 percent in North America.”

Mr. Rashid Bin Humaidan, Executive Vice President of Distribution Power at DEWA, said that, “We seek to employ the latest technologies and programs and cooperate with major international companies to automate the distribution network, implement the best maintenance plans and reduce average power outages.”

“This will manage the growing demand for electricity for multiple users and ensure the continuity and stability of supply for different customers all the time. It also enhances the happiness of all stakeholders. Until the end of the first half of this year, there were 78 33kV substations in service, and 42,093 Medium Voltage (11Kv or 6.6Kv) substations,” Mr. Humaidan further added.

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