Bee’ah, Sharjah’s award-winning fully integrated environment and waste management company, has awarded a GBP300 million (AED1.8 billion) contract to UK firm Chinook Sciences to build the world’s largest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility.
“There are many technologies and many companies which have used incineration for years,” said Bee’ah’s CEO Khaled Al Huraimel. “Sharjah wants to be a leader in the environmental industry, so we went and looked for the latest technology. This technology is the greenest when it comes to waste-to-energy and we felt that this solution was right for Sharjah.”
The new energy-from-waste plant is a significant milestone in Bee’ah’s zero-waste strategy announced in 2011, in which the company plans to divert 100% of generated waste from landfill for use as other resources. Bee’ah’s recycling and material recovery programmes have already diverted 55 per cent of Sharjah’s waste from landfills, thereby significantly decreasing the environmental impact caused from waste pollution.
88 companies expressed interest in bidding for the contract when the selection process for the thermal energy-from-waste facility began in December 2012. Chinook Sciences, a technology and equipment provider to the metal, industrial gasses and environmental industries, was announced as the successful bidder this month. According to UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston, the contract is expected to create about 200 British jobs and secure another 650.
The new plant is expected to be built near the Sharjah emirate’s main landfill.
Source: News media, Bee’ah