Bee’ah and Masdar to develop region’s first waste-to-energy plant
Emirates Waste to Energy Company to treat 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) with its first facility
Sharjah based environmental management company, Bee’ah, and Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, have created a joint venture (JV) that will develop the GCC’s first waste-to-energy plant.
The JV, Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC), will champion the development of several waste-to-energy plants across the region.
In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah regarding environmental challenges and ways of maintaining a pollution free environment, the first project will be the Sharjah Multi-Fuel Waste-to-Energy Facility. The plant will be the first in the region and will treat, within its first phase, more than 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year and have a power capacity of around 30 megawatts (MW).
Bee’ah set the ambitious target for Sharjah to achieve zero waste when the company was created back in 2007. At present, the emirate diverts 70% of its waste away from landfill. With the completion of this new facility, Sharjah will soon become the first city in the Middle East to achieve the target of 100% diversion of waste from landfill.
Bee’ah and Masdar said EWEC’s first project would leverage the strengths of both companies to pave the way for further waste-to-energy facilities in the UAE and the region, delivering commercial solutions to meet the challenge of solid waste disposal and the ever-growing demand for clean energy.
“Together with our strategic partner Masdar, we have set the ambitious goal of making the UAE a beacon for best environmental practices in the Middle East. We also intend to set an example to the world for how a country that has traditionally been heavily reliant on fossil fuels can embrace change and become a leader in green technology, through vision, determination and hard work,” said Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah.
“Our first project together is set to make a vital contribution towards the UAE’s ambitious targets to significantly reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill, as well as delivering clean energy to households across Sharjah,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
“We hope it will be the first of many similar facilities as the efficiency and effectiveness of sustainable waste management and waste-to-energy solutions gathers pace.”
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has signed a power purchase agreement with the Emirates Waste to Energy Company. Under the terms of the agreement, the Emirates Waste to Energy Company will supply SEWA with the power generated from its waste-to-energy plant, the first of its kind in the UAE.
The new waste-to-energy plant has been designed to meet the strictest environmental standards, complying with the European Union’s best available techniques which are widely recognised as setting the worldwide standard.
Its construction and the ratification of these agreements are expected to raise the UAE’s profile as a world leader in sustainability and green technology, harnessing best practices and deploying them, for the benefit of its citizens and for that of the world.