Bee’ah, the UAE’s leading environmental management company, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, have formed Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC), a joint venture that will develop waste-to-energy plants across the Middle East. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January to jointly develop the Middle East’s first waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah.
First announced in 2014, the plant will built at Bee’ah’s Waste Management Center (WMC) in Sharjah’s Al Saj’ah industrial area and will generate 30 MW of power per annum from 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste during its first phase. In addition to recovering valuable materials for recycling, the new plant will incinerate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour that would otherwise be buried in landfill sites. French industrial engineering contractor and equipment manufacturer CNIM will design, build and operate the new plant.
Bee’ah’s WMC is currently the largest facility for material recovery in the Middle East and the third largest such facility in the world. The new EWEC plant is expected to be the first of its kind in the Middle East and one of the largest and most advanced thermal energy-from-waste facilities in the world. The plant has been designed to meet the strictest environmental standards and will comply with the European Union’s Best Available Techniques, which are widely recognised as the worldwide standard.
Bee’ah and Masdar expect EWEC’s first pioneering project to pave the way for further waste-to-energy facilities in the UAE and across the region, delivering commercial solutions to meet the challenge of solid waste disposal and the ever-growing demand for clean energy.
Established by royal decree in 2007, Bee’ah’s goal is to transform Sharjah into the environmental capital of the Middle East, diverting 100 percent of emirate’s waste from landfill to recycling, energy production and other resources. The emirate currently diverts some 70 percent of waste destined for landfill to recycling, energy production and other resources.
Updated 1 June 2017