ALEC BUTEC JV to design and build Abu Dhabi’s first waste-to-energy plant

The incineration facility will process 900,000t of non-recyclable waste annually over the next 30 years

Abu Dhabi’s first waste-to-energy (WtE) plant will be designed and built by a joint venture comprising ALEC Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) and BUTEC.

According to a statement from ALEC, the ALEC BUTEC JV has partnered with Hitachi Zosen Innova (HZI) to collaborate on the construction of this project. HZI is said to be renowned for its expertise in waste-to-energy technology.

Sean McQue, Managing Director – Construction of ALEC commented, “We are pleased to have been selected for this crucial project, highlighting our commitment to sustainable progress within the region. This WtE facility marks a significant milestone in Abu Dhabi’s endeavors to tackle waste management issues and diminish greenhouse gas emissions. ALEC’s proficiency, combined with BUTEC’s established excellence in design-build ventures, guarantees the successful execution of this landmark initiative.”

Located near the Al-Dhafra landfill, the ultra-large waste incineration facility will process 900,000t of non-recyclable waste annually over the next 30 years. The aim of the project is to prevent the release of nearly 1.1m tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions annually. The plant will add 80MW of power generation capacity from a non-fossil fuel source, the statement noted.

The ALEC BUTEC JV will oversee the engineering, procurement, and construction of all non-process-related activities, encompassing tasks such as civil engineering, concrete and structural steel work, installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, as well as building services. Additionally, they will manage external works and site infrastructure development.

BUTEC’s Country General Manager Hani Houalla concluded, “BUTEC’s design-build expertise coupled with ALEC’s distinguished construction capability positions us as a strong team ready to deliver impactful infrastructure projects like Abu Dhabi’s Waste-to-Energy facility. We are proud to contribute to the UAE’s decarbonization agenda and to this significant development.”

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