UAE - Mubasher: The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) have launched a tender to set up a greenfield waste-to-energy (WtE) independent power project (IPP).
To be one of the largest WtE facilities in the region, the new project is expected to have a waste processing capacity of between 600,000 and 900,000 tonnes per year and power up to 22,500 UAE households, according to a press release on Sunday.
The WtE plant, which will be established near the Al Dhafra landfill in Abu Dhabi, is forecast to cut CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes per year.
For the first stage of the tender, developers are requested to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to EWEC by the deadline of 11 February 2021.
The project will include the financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the WtE plant that will benefit from advanced technology to convert municipal solid waste into electricity.
The winning developer will hold up to 40% of the facility, while the remaining equity will be indirectly owned by the Abu Dhabi government.
The CEO of EWEC, Othman Al Ali, said: "Our collaboration with Tadweer to develop this plant is a crucial next step in the aim of significantly reducing waste to landfill, stimulating the economy, and decreasing CO2 emissions."
Meanwhile, the Director General of Tadweer, Salem Al Kaabi, commented: "This facility will set the benchmark for WtE energy projects in the region, not only in terms of scale but also in terms of efficiency and environmental benefits, and ensure that we meet UAE Vision 2021 to divert 75% of Municipal Solid Waste away from landfills."