Consultants have been appointed by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) for a further batch of new 132-kV substations in the capital. Construction awards are also pending on a series of major substation contracts across the federation.

The UK’s PB Powerhas been appointed consultant by ADWEA for a five 132-kV-substation programme in the Abu Dhabi City area. Four will be built on Abu Dhabi island and a fifth will serve the proposed Raha Gardens, being developed by ALDAR Properties. The programme will also include cabling and associated works.

ADWEA is also close to awarding the turnkey contract to build the 400-kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation at Qidfa to serve the Fujairah power and desalination complex. Four companies priced the contract, with Europe’s ABBand TMT & DI Corporationof Japan considered the frontrunners. The consultant is Germany’s Fichtner (MEED 22:7:05).

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is also expected to award by the end of September the main contracts on its programme to build nine substations with associated cabling work. In the original tender, the local Emirates Trading Agency (ETA)was low bidder for the overall programme (MEED 17:6:05).

Bids were submitted in early September by France’s Areva T&Dand Germany’s Siemensfor the 132-kV element of the proposed 220/132-kV substation serving the new Hamriya power station. For the 220-kV component, bids are due in mid-September. The client, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA), awarded in August the US’ GE Power Systemsan estimated $135 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the power station, which will comprise four 125-MW gas turbines.