Periodic Maintenance by DEWA Ensures Sustainable Power Supply in Dubai
Periodic preventive maintenance of power transmission networks is the key to achieving 100% reliable and sustainable power transmission system in Dubai, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) stated.
The preventive maintenance also helps in reducing the average maintenance costs by approximately $540,000 annually. This also has helped DEWA to be the ‘Best in Class’ among global utilities since 2018.
DEWA continuously conducts preventive maintenance work based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Data Science, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the latest cybersecurity technologies, thermal images and functional tests.
Through its Space D-programme, DEWA is developing several specialised uses for the electricity and water networks, enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness, including preventive maintenance of the electricity and water networks.
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, noted that DEWA is the first utility in the region to adopt Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) strategy. In 2016, it received the ISO 55001: 2014 Certificate for Asset Management.
DEWA was the first utility in the world to receive the prestigious award for integrating high quality asset management in operations pertaining to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity and water.
“We are committed to achieving the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, to provide an advanced and integrated infrastructure and keep pace with the needs of sustainable development in Dubai."
"DEWA continues to develop innovative, proactive solutions by using its advanced smart grid and the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to strengthen its leadership as one of the most prominent and distinguished utilities worldwide in all fields,” added Al Tayer.
Hussain Lootah, Executive VP of Transmission Power at DEWA said: “We raise the capacity, efficiency and reliability by implementing preventive maintenance and using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, telecommunications and tele-control systems.
"All this is done by securing the network through a well-established protection system, adopting the highest international standards in operation, and using smart grid technologies.
"The smart grid provides advanced features, including automated decision-making and deployment of smart sensors and applications to regulate transmission and distribution network operations. This has made DEWA’s practices a benchmark for utilities around the world."