Dubai Industrial City, a member of Tatweer Dubai, yesterday announced that the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has supplied the project with the first of three 132 kVA substations that are currently under construction to meet the growing demand for energy from its various manufacturing units.
The total investment on the three substations has exceeded Dh400 million.
Dewa began construction work on the first substation more than 18 months ago at the Food and Beverage zone of Dubai Industrial City. The second and third substations, which are currently under construction, are expected to be operational in 2009, in line with the initial plans of the city and the agreements signed between both the organisations. This is in line with Dewa's plan to supply Dubai Industrial City with power by building a series of 132 kVA substations along with four substations each with a capacity of 400 kVA.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dewa, said the Authority aims to supply these areas with the right capacity and at pre-specified timings, based on a programme that is agreed upon between the developers and factory owners.
Rashed Al Ansari, Vice-President of Dubai Industrial City, said: "The supply and operation of the first substation is an important milestone and reflects our strong commitment to securing the energy needs of our investors. This has become even more vital with the rising number of investors currently engaged in the construction of various manufacturing facilities and factories throughout Dubai Industrial City.
"Once operational, the three substations will together provide a total of 600mw to meet the demand from companies operating across a large section of Dubai Industrial City, especially those that are developing more than one manufacturing facility in our industrial and commercial phases."
Al Ansari added: "Because of Dewa's excellent support, our headquarters, Phase 1 of labour residences, four office buildings and three million square feet of warehouses are already functional and completely fitted out with utilities connections, enabling tenants to take occupancy."