Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated the first 132/11 kV main substation for Dubai Expo 2020.
The authority completed Mobility, one of three 132/11 kV main substation at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, in January 2018. The substation has a conversion capacity of 150 MVA.
Construction on the substation began in July 2015 at a total cost of $47m (AED173m), comprising $22m (AED80m) for the plant and $25m (AED93.6m) for the 132kV cables.
Mobility is one of the substations responsible for generating electricity for the Expo 2020 Dubai, along with Sustainability and Opportunity, which are currently under construction.
All three substations, named after the three subthemes of the Expo, are being built at a total cost of 114m (AED420m).
Sustainability, the second 132/11 kV main substation at the site, is 95% complete and is due to be inaugurated in February 2018.
With a conversion capacity of 150 MVA, the total cost of the project is $28m (AED103m), including AED83m for the plant and $5.4m (AED20m) for the 132kV cables.
The Opportunity 132/11 kV main substation at Expo 2020 Dubai is 91% complete and is also expected to be inaugurated in February 2018.
The total cost of the project is $39m (AED142m), comprising $23m (AED83m) for the plant, and $16m (AED59.7m) for the 132kV cables.
As the event’s first official sustainable energy partner, the authority has allocated $1.1bn (AED4.26bn) to support the infrastructure for electricity and water at Expo 2020.
DEWA aims to generate half of the energy to be used by the exhibition from clean and renewable energy sources, to promote sustainability, a key pillar of the exhibition.
The authority’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will also provide Expo 2020 Dubai with a dedicated capacity of 400MW of electricity.
Additionally, DEWA is building a smart grid to become the first network in the world to provide the entire value chain of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to the Expo.