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UAE rubbish to fuel project reaches financial close

Emirates RDF has announced that it has reached financial close for a project to turn rubbish into fuel in Umm Al Quwain

UAE rubbish to fuel project reaches financial close
Construction is set to start this month and will, from September 2020, receive 1,000 tons of municipal waste per day from about 550,000 residents living in the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

Emirates RDF has announced that it has reached financial close for a project to turn rubbish into fuel in Umm Al Quwain.

Emirates RDF, a joint venture consisting of UAE-based contractors Besix and TG ECO Holding, together with Finland based Griffin Refineries, is planning the Refuse Derived Fuel Facility project with a 15 year post-construction operational phase.

Construction is set to start this month and will, from September 2020, receive 1,000 tons of municipal waste per day from about 550,000 residents living in the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

The waste will be converted into an alternative energy source called Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), which will be used as a fuel in cement factories instead of coal.

It simultaneously results in a diversion of at least 90% of household waste from landfill.

Nico de Koning, project manager of Besix Concessions & Assets Middle East and general manager of Emirates RDF, said: “We are happy to be able to develop this strategic project for waste management in the Northern Emirates.

"Emirates RDF contributes to the UAE’s strategic objective of landfill diversion of least 75 percent by 2021 and it helps cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.”

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