World's largest waste-to-energy plant to open in Dubai

The $680m plant will generate enough power to run 120,000 homes
The $680 million (AED2.5bn) plant is designed to treat 1.82-million tonnes of solid waste annually, with a total capacity to generate 185 MW of electricity.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Tue 30 Jan 2018 09:42 AM

Dubai has announced plans to build the world’s largest waste-to-energy project in the emirate’s Al Warsan area, Dubai Municipality announced on Monday.

According to Dubai Municipality director general Hussain Nasser Lootah, the $680 million (AED2.5bn) plant is designed to treat 1.82-million tonnes of solid waste annually, with a total capacity to generate 185 MW of electricity, making it the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant to operate at one site in the world, according to officials.

Construction is slated to begin in the next several months, with the plant up and running in time for Expo 2020.

Additionally, Lootah noted that the plant will be capable of providing power to 120,000 homes.

“This will give a lot of support to maintain and achieve sustainability in Dubai,” he said. “We are undertaking this project for the development of the city with the cooperation of our partner DEWA [the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority].”

Speaking to local media at the event, DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said that the plant will be connected to DEWA’s grid through HV 132vK cables.

Other partners in the project include Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova and Belgian construction company Besix Group.

Officials noted that the plant forms part of the municipality’s larger goal of diverting 100 percent from landfills by 2030.

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