TAQA set to develop demo waste-to-energy plant
Energy firm to work with CWM on 2MW facility at Dalma Island
TAQA has announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Centre for Waste Management (CWM) to study and develop a new demonstration waste-to-energy facility at Abu Dhabi’s Dalma Island. The pair will collaborate on the production of a 1 – 2MW facility, supplying power for over 200 households.
“Working on advanced solutions for waste management is a valuable part of the job we have in ensuring Abu Dhabi becomes recognised for its integrated waste management system within the UAE and beyond. Working with TAQA helps us develop new ideas and technologies in the energy space from which we can all benefit,” said CWM deputy manager, Dr Salem Al Kaabi.
Waste from Dalma Island – located 32 kilometres offshore the Western Region – is currently shipped to the mainland and transported to landfills within Abu Dhabi.
Head of TAQA’s Energy Solutions division, Dr Saif Al Sayari, added: “As an Abu Dhabi energy company, we have a duty and responsibility to support out local communities and environment. We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Centre for Waste Management Abu Dhabi and contribute to more efficient waste treatment for Dalma Island’s community. We consider this demonstration plant a practical first step to capture lessons learned during construction and operation phases and benefit our announced large scale project to convert a million tonne of municipal solid waste per year into 100MW of alternative power.”
TAQA and CWM last month initiated the qualification process for a large-scale, 100MW waste-to-energy plant for Abu Dhabi. This facility is expected to begin operations in 2016/17, and will be the first of its kind in the UAE.