Abu Dhabi launches waste to energy plan
Plans could generate around 100MW per year
The Abu Dhabi Centre of Waste Management has announced plans to work with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company to consider building a waste-to-energy plant in the emirate.
The news comes following Dubai’s announcement last week that it would permanently cancel plans to build a 2000-3000 tonne a day project, a job it planned to tender for the third time in February this year.
The estimated cost of an earlier project stood at $2bn according to MEED, and was cancelled because of financing issues. Bids were submitted for the second time in November 2011. Two companies submitted bids and Japan’s Hitachi Lenovo was tipped as the favourite for the contract, to build three incinerators, each with a capacity of 50MW.
Abu Dhabi’s new facility is expected to process around 1 million tonnes of municipal waste a year to produce around 100MW of power. The CWM is conducting a feasibility study for the project.
At present, the emirate produces 33,000 tonnes of waste a day of which 20,000 is construction and demolition waste.