Preventive maintenance keeps the DEWA power grid in top working order


Periodic preventive maintenance of its electricity transmission networks has helped achieve 100% reliability and availability of the electricity transmission system in Dubai, according to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

It has also reduced average maintenance costs by around AED 2 million per year and helped DEWA to be “best in class” among global utilities since 2018, according to a statement from DEWA.

DEWA continuously conducts preventative maintenance work based on artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, data science, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), latest cybersecurity technologies, thermal imaging and functional testing . Through its Space D program, DEWA is developing several specialized uses of electricity and water networks, improving operational efficiency and effectiveness, including preventive maintenance of electricity and water networks and improving resilience. and agility in the monitoring and control of electricity and water networks, it said.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, ​​noted that the authority is the first utility in the region to adopt the 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 into power and water generation, transmission and distribution operations.

“We are committed to carrying out the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to provide advanced and integrated electricity and water infrastructure to to meet growing demand and keep pace with the needs of sustainable development in Dubai, and to provide electricity and water services to the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency. to develop innovative and proactive solutions using its advanced smart grid and the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to strengthen its leadership as one of the world’s largest and most distinguished utilities across the board,” Al Tayer added.

“We are increasing the capacity, efficiency and reliability of the electricity transmission network by implementing preventive maintenance and using the control and data acquisition system (SCADA), telecommunications and telecontrol systems , securing the network with a well-established protection system, adopting the highest current international standards and using smart grid technologies.The smart grid offers advanced features, including automated decision-making and sensor deployment systems and applications to regulate transmission and distribution grid operations. This has made DEWA’s practices a benchmark for utilities around the world,” said Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission Power at DEWA. – TradeArabia Press Office


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