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Masdar and Bee’ah to build new 300,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, is to build a new 300,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in partnership with Bee’ah, Sharjah’s integrated environmental and waste management company. The news follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Masdar and Bee’ah in 2016 to collaborate in the development of new energy projects. Owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar works to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions.

To be built in Sharjah, the new waste-to-energy plant will incinerate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour and produce 30 megawatts (MW) of power. Together with other waste-to-energy projects, the new plant is expected to help Bee’ah to generate a total of 90 MW of power, which will be supplied to Sharjah’s electricity grid.

In 2014, Bee’ah awarded British firm Chinook Sciences with a GBP 300 million (AED 1.8 billion) contract for the construction of an advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility. The plant is being built at Bee’ah’s Waste Management Center (WMC) in Sharjah’s Al Saj’ah industrial area and will convert 400,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste to energy per annum, generating 35 MW of power.

Bee’ah’s Waste Management Center is currently the largest facility for material recovery in the Middle East and the third largest such facility in the world with the annual capacity to process 500,000 tonnes of solid waste. Facilities at the WMC include contains a material recovery facility, a construction and demolition waste recycling facility, a tyre recycling facility, an electronic waste dismantling and processing facility and other facilities including a car bodies recycling and shredding facility and a compost plant.

Meanwhile, Attero Recycling India has announced plans to build a recycling centre for discarded electronics in Sharjah, in partnership with Bee’ah. The project is being developed in collaboration with Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Gulf Islamic Investments.

Sharjah currently diverts 67 percent of waste destined for landfill to recycling, energy production and other resources. The emirate’s goal is eliminate landfill waste entirely.

Source: Bee’ah, Masdar, WAM

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