Dubai’s Al Ghusais landfill power project starts production

landfill Bill MorrowThe Al Ghusais landfill project is in line with Dubai municipality’s vision to generate 20MW of power from landfill gas by 2020. (Image source: Bill Morrow/Flickr)Dubai's Al Ghusais landfill power project has started generating electricity through the flaring of methane

The Al Ghusais landfill project is in line with Dubai Municipality’s vision to generate 20MW of power from landfill gas by 2020.

Dubai Municipality director general Hussain Nasser Lootah said, “We want to establish ourselves as leaders in creating innovative energy solutions. This 2020 project is set to produce 20MW of power by the turn of the decade.

“The project also complements the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to explore alternative energy sources that will reduce the demand on the existing power grid, while protecting the environment.”

The Al Ghusais Landfill site has adopted the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) initiative, which is registered with the United Nations as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Through implementing the CDM project, the Municipality will aim to reduce methane emissions, which will be expected to remove 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the air.

Dubai Municipality director of waste management department Abdul Majeed Saifaie said, “This environmentally-friendly project involves turning methane gas into electricity, and it is in the first stage of transferring the electricity to feed the plant.”

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