UAE waste-to-energy plant for cement plants functional in 2020

EmiratesRDFFinancial closure has been reached for a UAE plant that will convert waste into fuel for use, instead of coal, in cement factories

The project will be carried out by Emirates RDF, a joint venture consisting of UAE based contractors Besix and TG Eco Holding together with Finland-based Griffin Refineries. The PPP build-operate-transfer scheme includes a 15-year post-construction operational phase.

The facility construction will start this month in Umm Al Quwain.

From September 2020, the facility will receive 1,000 tonnes of municipal waste per day from approximately 550,000 residents living in the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. The waste will be converted into an alternative energy source called refuse-derived fuel (RDF). It will be used as a fuel in cement factories instead of coal and will simultaneously result in a diversion of at least 90 per cent of household waste from landfill.

Nico de Koning, project manager of Besix Concessions & Assets Middle East and general manager of Emirates RDF said, “We are happy to be able to develop this strategic project for waste management in the northern emirates. Emirates RDF will contribute to the UAE’s strategic objective of landfill diversion of at least 75 per cent by 2021 and help cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.”

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