Emirates RDF Company inks deal to develop and operate a refuse derived fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain
The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a concession agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to develop and operate a refuse derived fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain.
The project will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
The construction of the RDF facility will start in December and is expected to start operating in April 2020.
The RDF facility will receive 1,000 tons per day of household waste from Ajman and Umm Al Quwain and will cost around $40 million to build, a statement said.
It will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the two emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named refuse derived fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as a fuel. It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal.
By implementing this project, approximately 90 percent of household waste will be diverted from landfill, the statement added.
The Emirates RDF Company is a joint venture consisting of UAE-based contractor BESIX, Ajman-based Tech Group Eco Single Owner Holding and Finland's Griffin Refineries.
Nico de Koning, project manager of BESIX Concessions & Assets Middle East, said: “Together with our partners Griffin Refineries and Tech Group Eco Single Owner Holding we are happy to be able to start implementing this strategic project for waste management in the Northern Emirates.
"It contributes to the UAE realizing its ambitious sustainability goals and it helps cement plants decreasing their use of fossil fuels.”