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Domestic waste to help power Qatar's grid

Gulf's first integrated waste treatment facility online this year

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Qatar's new solid waste management centre will be running later this year. (Getty Images)
Qatar's new solid waste management centre will be running later this year. (Getty Images)

Electricity from domestic waste will be a reality in Qatar by the end of the year, according to an official from the nation’s Ministry of Environment.

The Middle East’s first integrated solid waste treatment facility – the Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre near Mesaieed – is tipped to supply more than 34 megawatts of electricity to the national grid every day.

The plant has been designed to produce raw materials for several types of local industry, and will also produce enough power to run its own machinery while still outputting a surplus to the national grid.

Some 2,300 tonnes of solid domestic waste will be treated at the plant, with organic waste used to produce biogas and fertiliser, with the gas used for further power generation.

Another 1,000 tonnes of waste is planned to be incinerated, reducing it to just five per cent landfill, and the resulting combustion heat will be used to steam cold water, running a turbine to generate electricity.

At a cost of $1 billion the plant is planned for a 20-year operation cycle, and also includes a series of waste transfer stations across the country to handle domestic waste from all regions.
 

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