Abu Dhabi to use solid waste to generate electric power

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi will use solid waste to generate 100-megawatt electricity by 2015-16.

By Haseeb Haider

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Published: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 10:38 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:40 PM

National Energy Company, popularly known as Taqa, and the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi (CWM) will develop one of the world’s largest facility in Abu Dhabi. Both entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to realise the project.

Having developed the concept over the past 12 months, Taqa and CWM have agreed to work together to create one of the largest waste to energy plants in the world. It will be the first of its kind facility in the UAE.

As per the details, the facility will be capable of processing up to a million tonnes of municipal solid waste per annum, contributing towards CWM’s stated target of 80 per cent diversion of waste from landfill, which falls within the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 objectives.

Taqa’s experience of building, owning and operating thermal power facilities means that waste to energy is a natural addition to its fleet.

Mohammed Al Bawardi, chairman of CWM, said keeping up with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 requires the concerted efforts of various departments and national institutions to develop the projects in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.

“We at the Centre of Waste Management see cooperation with Taqa as the mainstay of a sustainable waste management strategy, focusing on our goal of 80 per cent diversion of waste from landfill,” he said.

Commenting on this new initiative, Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, chairman of Taqa, said: “A strategic partnership between our two entities to divert waste from landfill and create a long-term source of energy is a major step forward in Abu Dhabi’s vision for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, and demonstrates our commitment to energy security through non-traditional means of power generation.”

“We see this as the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, with more to follow, utilising waste as a resource and working as a team to provide employment and technological advancement in the region,” Al Suwaidi said.


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