Waste not, want not

We speak with clean en­ergy pi­o­neers Mas­dar and Bee’ah about why waste-to-en­ergy is a good fit for the GCC’s fu­ture en­ergy needs NEIL KING

Gulf Business - - CONTENTS - By Neil King

I t’s no se­cret that the re­gion’s en­ergy sec­tor is in the midst of a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion.

The oil price drop of 2014 has left a last­ing legacy, with di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion plans across the GCC re­shap­ing not just en­ergy in­dus­tries, but en­tire economies, so­ci­eties, and busi­ness land­scapes.

Yet it is the en­ergy in­dus­try that has per­haps felt the tremors of th­ese seis­mic changes in the most pro­found way, as gov­ern­ments try to break what Saudi Ara­bia’s Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man de­scribes as an “ad­dic­tion to oil”.

As a re­sult, a wider range of en­ergy sources than ever be­fore have come to promi­nence, with so­lar, wind, hy­dro and other types of en­ergy emerg­ing across the re­gion. One of the most promis­ing av­enues is waste-to-en­ergy (WTE) – a process that not only gen­er­ates sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of en­ergy, but also tack­les a ma­jor prob­lem for the re­gion.

“Across the GCC, gov­ern­ments are ac­tively pur­su­ing strate­gies to achieve zero waste,” says Khaled Al Hu­raimel, group CEO of Shar­jah-based en­vi­ron­men­tal and waste man­age­ment com­pany Bee’ah.

“Av­er­age lev­els of waste per capita per day in the re­gion stand at 1.65kg, and with the rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion of the Mid­dle East, waste pro­duc­tion in the re­gion is only ex­pected to in­crease.

“Waste-to-en­ergy pro­jects will en­able us to tackle this in­sur­mount­able prob­lem of waste, in ad­di­tion to meet­ing our en­ergy needs and creat­ing value out of dis­carded ma­te­ri­als. The rise of sev­eral new waste-to-en­ergy pro­jects in the re­gion ex­hibits the re­spon­sive­ness of the GCC mar­ket to waste-to-en­ergy ini­tia­tives.”

One of th­ese pro­jects was con­firmed ear­lier this year when Bee’ah for­malised a part­ner­ship with clean and re­new­able en­ergy player Mas­dar to cre­ate the Emi­rates Waste to En­ergy Com­pany (EWEC) and build a WTE fa­cil­ity that will in­cin­er­ate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour – adding an ex­tra 39MW of green en­ergy to the Shar­jah elec­tric­ity grid and pro­vid­ing power to thou­sands of homes.

Khaled Al Hu­raimel, group CEO of Bee’ah

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