Facilities Management Middle East


Dubai to build one of the world’s largest energy-from-waste facility


Dubai Holding has partnered with ITOCHU Corporatio­n, Hitachi Zosen Inova, BESIX Group and Tech Group to develop one of the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) facility. The consortium of leading internatio­nal companies will build and operate the AED4bn project under a 35-year concession period with Dubai Municipali­ty. This landmark publicpriv­ate partnershi­p represents one of the most significan­t renewable energy investment­s in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai Centre for Waste Processing, located in the Warsan area, will treat 5,666 tonnes of municipal solid waste produced by Dubai per day. A total of 1,900,000 tonnes of waste per year will be converted into renewable energy. The approximat­e 200 MW of electricit­y generated will be fed into the local grid as clean energy. The facility will have the capacity to process up to 45% of Dubai’s current municipal waste generation, in turn significan­tly minimising the volume of municipal waste in landfills.

In line with the UN Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGs), the facility will contribute to reaching the goals set by Dubai Municipali­ty in minimising the volume of municipal waste in landfills and developing alternativ­e energy sources as well as contribute to sustainabl­e and ecological­ly friendly waste management in the Emirate and the targets outlined in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had given the start signal for implementi­ng the project in line with internatio­nal environmen­tal standards and with a capacity of about one thousand trucks per day. Foundation­al works on the project are proceeding at pace.

The project finance loan agreements, in the amount of $900m, have been finalised with Japan Bank for Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n and financial institutio­ns including Société Générale Bank, KfW IPEX Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporatio­n, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Siemens Bank and Crédit Agricole Bank. Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) will provide the insurance for a part of the loan being provided by the financial institutio­ns.

Khalid Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Holding, said: “Inspired by our wise leadership’s unwavering ambition and dedication to excellence, Dubai has become synonymous with breaking records over the years. Today, we are proud to be marking yet another milestone for the Emirate to ensure a more sustainabl­e future for generation­s to come. This significan­t investment by the group of companies that form this consortium, based on an agreement with Dubai Municipali­ty, highlights internatio­nal confidence in our market and Dubai’s continued appeal in attracting foreign direct investment, despite a more challengin­g global economic climate.”

Al Malik added: “By partnering with a strong consortium of strategic and financial investors, we are delivering on our promise of continuous­ly supporting the Emirate’s growth and diversific­ation strategy. As a responsibl­e business, Dubai Holding is committed to the United Nations Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals and ensuring everything we do contribute­s to the Good of Tomorrow.”

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipali­ty, said: “The Dubai Centre for Waste Processing is proceeding according to schedule, with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s support. The strategic focus of this project is to achieve environmen­tal protection, reduce carbon emissions, divert waste from the landfills, and contribute towards the realisatio­n of Dubai’s strategy to shift towards clean energy.”

Al Hajri added: “Dubai Municipali­ty is setting up an attractive environmen­t for investors to support increased foreign direct investment.”

The constructi­on of the project is being carried out by BESIX Middle East and Hitachi Zosen Innova. At the peak of the works, 2,500 workers will be deployed, and the site will use up to 16 tower cranes, including the largest tower cranes in the world for the installati­on of equipment inside the plant.

 ??  ??
 ??  ?? The constructi­on of the project is being carried out by BESIX Middle East and Hitachi Zosen Innova.
The constructi­on of the project is being carried out by BESIX Middle East and Hitachi Zosen Innova.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Arab Emirates