Swiss waste to energy technology firm, Hitachi Zosen Inova, working in a joint venture with Belgium’s largest construction company BESIX Group has been selected by Dubai Municipality to build the world’s largest energy from waste facility.
The the plant will treat 1,825,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year and is being developed under an engineering, procurement, and construction deal and will be operated by HZI for a minimum of 30 years.
Located at the waste landfill site in Warsan, Dubai, the facility will treat 5000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from the Dubai area per day and generate around 171 MW of baseload electricity for the local grid. In addition there will be metals recovered and construction materials produced from the bottom ash.
Dubai’s Sustainability Strategy
According to HZI, Dubai is making great strides in the field of sustainability in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, the UAE National Agenda 2021, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030.
These strategic plans aim to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development through various projects and initiatives for the conservation of natural resources, rationalized consumption, and the inclusion of alternative and renewable energy resources in Dubai’s energy mix.
In accordance with the objectives envisaged in these plans, Dubai Municipality is keen to strengthen efforts nationally and across the UAE to achieve the targets for minimizing the volume of municipal waste disposed of in landfill, and for developing alternative energy sources through the speedy implementation of projects for the sustainable management of waste, energy, and the environment.
HZI said that the Dubai Resource Recovery Facility will mark a big step toward achieving these goals.
“The award of this project, with its relevance to the industry, highlights HZI’s market leadership in the energy-from-waste business, in terms of both EPC and O&M,” said Andres Kronenberg, vice president, business development at HZI.
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