Waste-to-energy Plant Planned for Sharjah, UAE

A “cutting-edge” waste-to-energy plant is to be built in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The plant in Sharjah is planned to take up to 300,000 tons of waste each year and convert it into electricity.

The facility will incinerate up to 37.5 tons of solid waste per hour to create 30 MW of energy, which will be supplied to the national grid. This project will add more power to what is produced by Bee’ah’s auxiliary waste-to-energy project, which will eventually produce a total of 90 MW and will be supplied to the Sharjah electricity grid. 

If it does this, it will help Sharjah reach a zero-waste-to-landfill target by 2020.

The project is a collaboration between Sharjah environmental management company Bee’ah — which collects approximately 2.3 million tons of waste from nearly 1 million households in Sharjah each year — and UAE clean energy company Masdar.

The deal was announced at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, where Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar chief executive, said: “With GCC countries having among the highest rates of per-capita waste production in the world, sustainable waste management solutions are both critically important and a clear business opportunity.

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Kelvin Ross is Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review . Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Editor and Head of Design on daily international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, Deputy Editor for a group of weekly London newspapers and has worked as a freelance sub-editor on UK national newspapers.

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