The Abu Dhabi plant is expected to be one of the largest waste-to-energy plants in the Middle East.
The MoU was signed by Jasim Hussain Thabit, CEO and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Energy Corporation; Othman Juma Al Ali, CEO of Emirates Water and Electricity Company; and His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management – Recycling.
The expected capacity of the first plant, which will be built in Abu Dhabi Industrial City / ICAD / in the Mussafah area, will reach approximately 900,000 tons of waste annually, and will produce a maximum of 90 megawatts of electricity annually, which is equivalent to providing electric power to 22.5 thousand homes in the country The United Arab Emirates, which makes it one of the largest waste-to-energy facilities in the region. This plant is also expected to reduce the emission of approximately 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to removing more than 300,000 cars from the road.
As for the second station that will be built in Al Ain, its expected capacity will reach approximately 600,000 tons of waste annually, and it is expected that it will produce a maximum of 60 megawatts of electricity annually, equivalent to providing electric power to 15 thousand homes in the United Arab Emirates. This plant is also expected to reduce the emission of approximately one million tons per year of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing more than 200,000 cars from the road.
“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in the framework of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to achieve the vision of” Emirates 2021 “, which aims to convert 75% of waste into energy instead of dumping it. These two proposed stations will reduce The impact of waste on the environment and human health, which contributes to accelerating the march of sustainability in the water and electricity sector.
“The cooperation between the Abu Dhabi Energy Corporation and the Emirates Water and Electricity Company with the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management” Tadweer “reinforces the commitment of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular and the state in general, to manage waste better for the environment and more sustainable. We look forward to taking advantage of more opportunities that are used The most efficient waste management technology fulfills our ambitions for clean energy. ”
In turn, Othman Juma Al Ali, CEO of Emirates Water and Electricity Company, said: “We are pleased to cooperate with the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management“ Tadweer ”in order to contribute to strengthening the infrastructure for converting waste into energy in Abu Dhabi, in line with our primary mission to achieve the principle of sustainability, As well as keeping pace with the efforts of the state in this field, this project will serve as a role model for the region in terms of developing waste-to-energy facilities and implementing sustainable waste management systems. ”
For his part, His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management – Tadawer said: “This agreement is in line with the ongoing efforts of Tadweer towards encouraging environmentally friendly and commercially viable solutions to meet the challenges posed by treating large quantities of waste and diverting it from landfills. Through working and cooperating with our partners, the center is proud to take into account the implementation of the sustainability agenda in Abu Dhabi by implementing an integrated global waste management system to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable environment for present and future generations.
As the government agency responsible for managing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s waste in a sustainable manner, the integrated “recycling” waste management strategy gives priority to cooperation with entities with similar orientations to prepare the most recent waste-to-energy conversion facilities within the emirate, with a view to treating municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste in accordance with the highest specifications and standards Globally approved sustainability.
The two proposed plants for converting waste into energy will be established, according to the system of independent energy producers approved in energy facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi since 1998, and according to this system, and according to a long-term agreement to purchase energy, Emirates Water and Electricity Company will be the authority that will obtain electricity, while The Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management “Recycling” provides raw materials under a long-term waste supply agreement. Private sector companies will be invited to submit proposals for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the aforementioned plants, which will use advanced burning technology to convert municipal solid waste into electricity via a set of generators powered by highly efficient steam turbines. The ash generated from this process will be treated and recycled into a reusable material.
The two new waste-to-energy plants will enhance the Abu Dhabi Energy Corporation’s investment portfolio of power generation assets, which is part of the recent offer by the Abu Dhabi Energy Corporation to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company “TAQA”, to transfer the majority of the generation, transmission, and distribution of water and electricity assets from the Foundation to Taqah Company. If this offer is accepted and approved, a unified entity will be formed, which will be one of the largest electricity and water companies in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, and one of the 10 largest integrated water and electricity companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region in terms of organized assets, and the third largest listed company In the UAE stock markets by market value.