Veolia and partners reach financial close for the largest hazardous waste treatment facilities in the Middle East

The two hazardous waste centres have a combined annual capacity of around 70,000 metric tonnes


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Published: Wed 14 Jun 2023, 6:30 PM

Last updated: Wed 14 Jun 2023, 6:47 PM

The consortium of Veolia, ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, and Vision Invest, has satisfied all conditions and regulatory approvals and reached financial close for the acquisition of two hazardous industrial waste treatment plants in Al Ruwais Industrial City, UAE, from Adnoc Refining. The conditional agreement for this transaction was signed between the parties in November 2022. The two hazardous industrial waste treatment plants have now been handed over to the consortium from Adnoc Refining.

With an annual capacity of nearly 70,000 tonnes, Veolia and its partners, ADQ and Vision Invest, will treat the hazardous industrial waste of Abu Dhabi’s biggest industrial complex in Al Ruwais, which includes the largest oil refinery in the Middle East.

The acquisition of plants was financed through a combination of equity and long term non-recourse project finance debt with completion contingent interest rate hedges put in place last November. Natixis and Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp) acted as the lead MLAs and structuring banks. J.P. Morgan and Natixis acted as the contingent hedge and hedge providers.

As a pioneer and leading provider of hazardous waste management solutions in the Middle East, Veolia will lead the waste management operations in Al Ruwais, leveraging its comprehensive expertise covering the entire hazardous waste treatment chain. Veolia will have 50.1 per cent participation in the operating company alongside Vision Invest (24.95 per cent) and ADQ (24.95 per cent).

The solutions developed by Veolia will specifically focus on maximizing the resource recovery (water and oil) from the oil and gas hazardous waste to reuse them in nearby industrial plants, setting up an innovative circular economy and local energy loops. The consortium will also significantly expand the existing solar farm to produce more locally sourced green energy.

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