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Bee’ah and Masdar launch waste to energy plant

Bee’ah and Masdar have formed a joint venture to develop waste-to-energy plants across the UAE.

Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC) will build a plant in Sharjah to incinerate 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year and produce 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Upon completion of the new facility, Sharjah will become the first city in the Middle East to divert 100 percent of waste from landfill.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates, attended the launch of the project on Thursday and witnessed the signing of the waste supply agreement (WSA) and power purchasing agreement (PPA) by Bee’ah, Masdar and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) officials.

Bee’ah and Masdar said EWEC’s first project would leverage the strengths of both companies to pave the way for further waste-to-energy facilities in the UAE and the wider region, delivering commercial solutions to meet the challenge of solid waste disposal and demand for clean energy.

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The Waste-to-Energy joint venture in Sharjah represents an important step in our endeavor towards sustainability and a bold and unconventional solution to address the increasing development challenges in a sustainable way to achieve the objectives of the National Agenda for UAE Vision 2021.”

French company CNIM is the lead contractor on the project and will design, build and operate the plant which is to be located within the site of Bee’ah’s existing Waste Management Center Centre.

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