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Sat 8 May 2004 04:00 AM

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Aqua bags biggest recycle project

The Dhs192 million project will be completed on a BOT basis

Dubai Municipality has signed a Dhs192 million contract with Aqua Engineering to build the region’s largest waste recycling project on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis in Al Awir.Qassim Sultan, municipality’s director general and Sultan Al Mansouri, chairman of Aqua Engineering, signed the agreement under which Aqua will invest funds to construct the plant, and transfer the ownership to the municipality by the end of a 20-year contract.

The date of the contract will start after the construction work is completed and the plant is made ready for operation, which will take 22 months time.

“The contractor has been selected, but we cannot announce it yet. Work will start soon,” Hayder Alwash, Aqua project engineer, told Construction Week.

He said tenders for the project were floated on 1st of June 2003. The municipality has provided 500 000 m2 of land near Al Awir water treatment plant for the project. It will also undertake to collect the waste and transport it to the site.The project will have a capacity of receiving and sorting 4000 tons of general waste a day, with an option to double the capacity at a later stage. Dubai daily produces 3970 tons of waste.

The plant will sort waste and sell it to producers for reuse as raw material for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, rubber, iron and aluminium etc.

The left over from sorting will be treated further to produce 12MW electricity that will be enough to cover the power requirements of the project. If need be, any surplus power could be fed to neighbouring establishments. The compost produced from the project, which is expected to be 140 000 tons a year, could be used for horticulture.

The project, which is expected to create 600 job opportunities, will also encourage local manufacturing of related products. In addition, the green house gases will be reduced thus contributing to UAE’s compliance to the Kyoto Protocol.

The use of high technology will also reduce the quantity of non-treatable waste to just 21%. This used to be dumped in landfills earlier. In future, this will be reduced to the lowest possible percentage.

The project will complement existing facilities at the Jebel Ali Waste Treatment Plant, which has units for treatment, processing and disposing off different types of hazardous wastes. The plant was designed to meet the requirements of Dubai until 2015.

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