Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Dubai’s first biogas-to-energy plant boosts climate targets

Dubai Municipality biogas plant WAM
Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality inaugurates the biogas-to-energy project at its Warsan wastewater treatment plant

Dubai Municipality has completed its first biogas-to-energy project at its Warsan wastewater treatment plant as part of its renewable energy initiatives.

The project was developed through a public-private partnership between Dubai Municipality and French water and waste management group Veolia, the UAE state-run Wam news agency reported.

Dubai’s sewerage system will support the plant, as the network connection spans more than three million metres in length and includes 56 rainwater pumping stations, 110 substations and 13 main pumping stations. 

The system also contains two wastewater treatment facilities, one in Warsan with a daily capacity of up to 325,000 cubic metres and another in Jebel Ali with a daily capacity of up to 675,000 cubic metres.

The biogas power facility will generate 44,250mwh of electricity annually.

The project’s daily power generation capacity of 6mw and will cover 50 percent of the Warsan wastewater treatment plant’s operational needs.

The facility will reduce annual carbon emissions by 31,000 tonnes and decrease operational costs by AED320 million ($87.15 million) over 25 years.

The Warsan plant will produce 57,000 cubic metres of biogas per day. Almost 54,800 cubic metres per day of biogas will produce 121mwh of electricity, meeting 50 percent of the Warsan wastewater treatment plant’s needs.

The UAE is aiming to generate 14GW of clean energy by 2030, up from 9.2 GW at present, the UAE Climate Minister Mariam Almheiri told CNN in January.

“When I talk about the UAE, we have targets; we’ve set clean energy targets already for 2030,” she said. “And by 2050, 50 percent of our energy supply will come from clean and renewable energy sources,” she added.

Latest articles

Saudi housing costs rose nearly 9% year on year in May

Saudi housing costs rise but inflation remains steady

Housing costs in Saudi Arabia rose nearly 9 percent year on year in May, but it was not enough to push overall inflation in the kingdom over 2 percent. The latest data from the General Authority for Statistics showed the annual inflation rate in Saudi Arabia was 1.6 percent in May, having remained at this […]

OTB Group has a presence in Dubai with its Maison Margiela store in the Dubai Mall

Chalhoub Group in venture with Italian luxury brand

Luxury distributor Chalhoub Group has entered into a joint venture with Italian fashion conglomerate OTB Group to expand the brand’s footprint in the Gulf. OTB (which stands for Only The Brave) owns the Diesel, Jil Sander, Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor&Rolf brands, the Staff International and Brave Kid companies, and holds a stake in the […]

Arid conditions brought about by the drought in Morocco are affecting the cost of sheep

Drought pushes up sheep price for Eid in Morocco

The price for a sheep in Morocco for the annual sacrifice at Eid al-Adha has increased on average at 10 times the 2.2 percent rate of inflation. A medium-sized female sheep costs MAD4000 ($400) as opposed to MAD3000 last year. This puts it out of range for many families in the country where a high […]

Countryside, Farm, Field

Oman to build agricultural city to enhance food security

Oman will build an agricultural city as part of its food security initiative, a news report said. Saham Agricultural City will cover an area of 65 sq km, with 70 percent dedicated to agriculture and 30 percent to urban development, Oman Daily Observer reported. The city will use advanced technologies such as hydroponics, aeroponics and […]