Announcement made during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar said it plans to build a cutting-edge waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah, UAE, in partnership with Bee’ah (Arabic for environment), a leading environmental management company in the Middle East.
Announcing this recently at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017, Masdar said diverting as much as 300,000 tonnes of solid waste from landfill each year, the project will help Sharjah reach its “zero waste-to-landfill” target by 2020.
This will also help the UAE deliver on its 2021 goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills, said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, the chief executive of Masdar, after signing the agreement with Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah.
According to the deal, Masdar and Bee’ah will collaborate on the development of the facility that will incinerate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour to create 30 megawatts (MW) of energy.
This 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, said Al Ramahi.
Al Huraimel said the deal marks the first venture in the realisation of the partnership that it had announced with Masdar last year. This agreement will lead to more projects and bold initiatives that will help the partnership to ensure a sustainable and green future for the UAE, added Al Huraimel.
Established in 2007, Bee’ah collects 2.3 million tonnes of waste from nearly one million households in Sharjah each year, diverting around 70% of its collected waste to its recycling waste management facilities from landfill.