Nakheel has completed casting the raft foundations for two of its 132kV substations at the waterfront following six months of detailed design and engineering.
A total of 1,700 tonnes of concrete and 170 tonnes of reinforced steel were used to complete the foundations.
Nakheel's Waterfront Electrical Infrastructure team is managing the construction of the substations which will eventually be handed over to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) for operation. They are working closely to ensure the sustainability of the overall power strategy at waterfront. Sustainability is one of the key influencing factors for investors when considering a property purchase, according to a survey by Nakheel.
Matt Joyce, Managing Director of Waterfront said, "As the world's largest coastal development, Waterfront will transform 1.4 billion square feet of empty desert and sea into an international community for an estimated population of 1.5 million people. We are delighted with the progress made on its infrastructure.
"These substations will be the first of a huge network of substations that will service the entire Waterfront community. We would like to thank Dewa for their support and cooperation."
Waterfront is the world's largest coastal development and minimising ecological impact is considered in every decision of the city's design, construction and operation.
According to Nakheel, energy and water conservation are achieved through integration of utilities in dedicated utility centres, where process streams are interlinked and waste is transformed into energy to power the city.
Simulation is used in building design to ensure tough energy efficiency targets are achieved.