Deal struck for $1.9bn energy-from-waste plant

30 March 2021

Dubai is to develop one of the world’s largest energy-from-waste facilities after several partners signed a deal to cooperate on the project.

The consortium developing the AED4bn ($1.9bn) project includes Dubai Holding, Japan’s ITOCHU Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Inova and UAE-based BESIX and Tech Group.

The partners will build and operate the facility under a 35-year concession with Dubai Municipality.

The Dubai Centre for Waste Processing is set to be located in the Warsan area and will treat 5,666 tonnes of municipal solid waste produced by Dubai each day.

It is expected to convert 1.9m tonnes of waste per year into renewable energy generating approximately 200 megawatts of electricity, which will be fed into the local grid.

Dubai Holding said the facility would have the capacity to process up to 45% of Dubai’s current municipal waste generation.

This would significantly minimise the volume of municipal waste in landfills and help reach UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the targets outlined in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, it said.

Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the plant would be able to handle about 1,000 trucks’ worth of waste per day.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia has launched two new green initiatives to combat climate change: the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman said the Saudi Green Initiative would increase vegetation cover, reduce carbon emissions, combat pollution and land degradation, and preserve marine life, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia will plant 10bn trees over coming decades, leading to a 12-fold increase in current tree cover.

The kingdom will also work to raise the percentage of protected areas by more than 30%.

Saudi Arabia faces climate challenges such as desertification and currently loses $13bn a year due to dust storms.

“Given our starting point, beginning this journey to a greener future has not been easy. But in line with our overall modernisation philosophy, we are not avoiding tough choices,” Bin Salman said.

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