Khaleej Times, Aug 7, 2022 | Muharram 9, 1444
Dewa saves Dh2 million annually through preventive maintenance work
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) announced that the application of
periodic preventive maintenance to its power transmission networks contributes
to achieving 100 per cent in the reliability and availability of the power
transmission system in Dubai, and reducing the average maintenance costs by
approximately Dh2 million 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 and improving resilience and agility in monitoring and controlling the
electricity and water networks.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and 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
"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," he said.
“We are committed to achieving the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, to provide an advanced and integrated infrastructure for electricity and
water to meet the increasing demand and keep pace with the needs of sustainable
development in Dubai, and to provide electricity and water services according to
the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency.
"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.
“We raise the capacity, efficiency and reliability of the electricity
transmission network through implementing preventive maintenance and using the
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, telecommunications and
tele-control systems, , 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 auto-mated decision-making and deployment of smart sensors and
applications to regulate trans-mission and distribution network 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.