World’s first $100m hy­brid land­fill project launched in UAE

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The UAE will soon see the de­vel­op­ment of the world’s first and largest in­te­grated hy­brid land­fill gas-so­lara­gro project in Ras Al Khaimah. This is the world’s first in­te­grated hy­brid land­fill gas (LFG)-so­lar project that will also in­clude an agro­prod­uct de­vel­op­ment com­po­nent to make it a com­pletely green and sus­tain­able in­dus­try — in line with the UAE gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to pro­mote green and sus­tain­able econ­omy.

With an in­vest­ment out­lay of $100m (AED367m), the project will gen­er­ate up to 16 megawatt (MW) power to be supplied to the cus­tomers in Ras Al Khaimah. An agree­ment to this ef­fect was signed be­tween Pub­lic Works and Ser­vices Depart­ment and Utico, for de­vel­op­ing and op­er­at­ing a 16 MW LFGSo­lar project.

The project is in line with the new UAE en­ergy strat­egy that aims to in­crease the con­tri­bu­tion of clean en­ergy in the to­tal en­ergy mix to 50 per­cent, thus sav­ing Dh700 bil­lion by 2050. The agree­ment was signed by En­gi­neer Ahmed Mo­hammed Ahmed Al Ham­madi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Pub­lic Works and Ser­vices Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Ras Al Khaimah and Richard Menezes, vice chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Utico, in the pres­ence of Sonira Nasser, di­rec­tor of Ras Al Khaimah Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity (RAKWMA).

Utico, a pri­vate sec­tor util­ity sup­plier which is also a de­vel­oper plant sup­plier for wa­ter de­sali­na­tion equip­ment as well as EPC con­trac­tor and op­er­a­tor for wa­ter and power fa­cil­i­ties, will de­velop the project and op­er­ate the project. Power off­take will be utilised by Utico’s trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion arm.

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