Dubai to Build the World’s Largest WtE-Plant

Dubai will have the largest plant in the Middle East to convert waste-to-energy, the official portal of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Government had announced some time ago.

Dubai Municipality has selected Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova in a joint venture with Belgium’s largest construction company BESIX Group to build the world’s largest energy-from-waste facility, a press release, dated on 29th of January this year, informed. The two companies would collaborate on delivering the engineering, procurement and construction of the turnkey plant, and a minimum of 30 years’ operation and ownership of the resource recovery facility.

As reported, the facility will be located at the waste landfill site in Al Warsan and will be built at a cost of nearly 681 million US-Dollar (2.5 billion AED). It “will treat 5,000 tons of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from the Dubai area per day, making a total of 1,825,000 tons a year that will be converted into renewable energy,” the Swiss company announced. “The 171 MW of electricity generated will be fed into the local grid as baseload energy and will power around 120,000 homes. In addition there will be metals recovered and construction materials produced from the bottom ash.”

The plant is part of Dubai’s Sustainability Strategy. According to Hitachi Zosen Inova, Dubai is making great strides in the field of sustainability in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, the UAE National Agenda 2021, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. “These strategic plans aim to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development through various projects and initiatives for the conservation of natural resources, rationalized consumption and the inclusion of alternative and renewable energy resources in Dubai’s energy mix.” In accordance with the objectives envisaged in these plans, Dubai Municipality was keen to strengthen efforts to achieve the targets for minimizing the volume of municipal waste disposed of in landfill, and for developing alternative energy sources through the implementation of projects for the sustainable management of waste, energy and the environment. The Dubai Resource Recovery Facility would mark a big step toward achieving these goals.

Photo: Hitachi Zosen Inova

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