Abu Dhabi (Al Ittihad)
Announced Emirates Water and Electricity CompanyToday, the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Recycling (Tadweer) opened the door for submitting requests for interest in developing a new power plant project from waste with an independent product system. The first phase of the tender includes inviting developers to submit requests for interest in the project bid, according to the deadline set on February 11, 2021.
According to a statement, this project will be implemented in accordance with the independent product system within the privatization program pursued by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as it is a successful model at the local and regional levels.
Under this project, the winning company enters into long-term agreements, including a power purchase agreement with the Emirates Water and Electricity Company and a waste supply agreement with Tadweer.
The new plant is being developed close to the Al Dhafra landfill in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and its production capacity for waste treatment will range between 600,000 and 900,000 tons of waste annually, enough to provide electricity to about 22,500 homes in the UAE, making it one of the largest waste-to-energy stations in the region. The station is expected to contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons annually, equivalent to removing more than 300,000 cars from the road.
Othman Al Ali, CEO of Emirates Water and Electricity Company, said: “The production of sustainable energy is pivotal for the future of the UAE, as the Emirates Water and Electricity Company continues to maintain its leadership position at the forefront of companies developing solar energy projects, and we are proud to expand our portfolio of projects, to include economic projects. Circular by converting waste into energy. Our cooperation with Tadweer to develop this project is an essential step in our efforts to reduce landfill, stimulate the economy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, as we seek to work with the best partners to develop this project and support the goals of this ambitious and important strategy.
For his part, Dr. Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management «Tadweer» said: “We are pleased to announce the opening of competition for the development of this vital project, which will constitute a benchmark for the development of similar projects in the region, not only in terms of size, but in terms of efficiency and benefits. The environment also, as well as ensuring the achievement of the goals of the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to convert 75% of solid waste into energy instead of landfilling.
The project includes developing, financing, constructing, operating, maintaining and owning a new electric power plant by converting waste into energy using advanced incineration technology to convert solid waste into electricity through a set of generators powered by highly efficient steam turbines.
The share of the chosen developer will be a maximum of 40% of the SPV, while the Abu Dhabi government will indirectly own the remaining share of the project.