23 January, 2020

Belgium's BESIX bags new waste-to-energy project in the UAE

Belgian firm awarded landfill gas-to-energy project in the emirate of Dubai

Photo used for illustrative purpose only. A general view of a new waste-to-energy plant in Acerra, near Naples, March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Photo used for illustrative purpose only. A general view of a new waste-to-energy plant in Acerra, near Naples, March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

23 January 2020
Belgian environmental engineering firm, BESIX, has been awarded a contract by Dubai Municipality to develop the Al Qusais Landfill Gas-to-Energy project.

The project would be constructed under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model with a concession period of 16.5 years, BESIX said in a statement, without disclosing the project cost but stating it will treat up to 9,000 cubic metres of landfill gas per hour and generate 12 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Benoit Vadani, the company's Vice President-Business Development said that the project strengthens BESIX's leading position in the waste-to-energy market in the UAE.

"Our group now operates energy recovery facilities for both organic and non-organic solid waste, two complementary and sustainable activities," he said.

The company's current waste-to-resource projects in the UAE include the Dubai Municipality's Thermal Waste Recycling Plant and a Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) facility in the Umm Al Quwain emirate.

The statement said the Dubai project, slated to be the world's largest waste-to-energy plant, is in the final stages of financing and an early mobilisation on site is expected in early 2020. The facility will be operated by BESIX and Hitachi Zosen Inova.

The RDF facility in Umm Al Quwain is being developed by Emirates RDF, a joint venture between BESIX, Tech Group Eco Single Owner Holding and Griffin Refineries and its output will partially replace the use of fossil fuels in cement plants.

(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Seban Scaria)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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