Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded Swiss-based ABB an order worth $90m to build a substation that will integrate solar power from upcoming phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park into the city’s electrical grid.

ABB said it will be its second substation for the park as a booming growth in population and economic sectors, like tourism, have increased demand for energy, according to Arabian Business.

The company added that it will be responsible for the design, supply, and installation and commissioning of the Shams 400/132 kV substation, which once completed, will have an overall capacity of more than 2,000 megavolt amperes (MVA).

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Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids Division: “We are proud to work with DEWA and continue to contribute to this landmark project with our state-of-the-art technologies that will boost capacity and bring cleaner solar power to the people.

“Integrating renewables is a key element of our Next Level strategy and our proven track record reinforces our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has been a central part of Dubai’s renewable strategy.


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When completed in 2030, the park will occupy 214 sq km, generate 5,000 MW and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 6.5 million tons.

The UAE launched its ambitious Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai a global center of clean energy and green economy, and will help increase power supply and meet the goals for increased use of renewables.

In 2017, ABB delivered its first substation connecting the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and integrating 200 MW of electricity to the transmission grid.