Dubai is set to build the Middle East’s largest waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to convert solid waste into energy in the city’s Warsan district two.
It will take three years to construct the plant and bring it online. Operations are predicted to commence in the second quarter of 2020, after which 2,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste will produce 60MW of power per day.
The US $544 million WTE facility aligns with Dubai’s aim to reduce landfill waste by 75 percent in the next five years. At present, the Gulf states are some of the world's worst waste producers.
“The GCC states rank among the highest per-capita producers of municipal solid waste in the world with the majority of waste dumped in landfills using valuable land and resulting in quantified environmental damage," Mhairi Main Garcia, Director of the Dubai-based Clean Energy Business Council, told The National.
The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is also planning to open up bids for private sector companies to run another WTE project, capable of processing over 1,000 tonnes of waste per day, in the Northern Emirates.