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Abu Dhabi awards contract for first waste-to-energy facility

An impression of Abu Dhabi’s waste-to-energy plant, which will process 900,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually Alec
An impression of Abu Dhabi’s waste-to-energy plant, which will process 900,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually

A joint venture between Dubai’s Alec Engineering and Contracting (Alec) and Lebanon’s Butec has won a contract to design and build Abu Dhabi’s first waste-to-energy plant.

The joint venture will collaborate with Hitachi Zosen Innova, a Swiss-based cleantech company, on the project, Alec said in a statement.

Located near the Al-Dhafra landfill, the facility – developed by state-owned Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer) – will process 900,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually over the next 30 years.

The project aims to prevent the release of over 1 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions annually. Furthermore, the plant will add 80 megawatts of power generation capacity from a non-fossil fuel source.

The Alec-Butec venture will oversee the engineering, procurement and construction of all non-process-related activities, including civil engineering, concrete and structural steel work, installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and building services.

Additionally, it will manage external works and site infrastructure development.

No financial and construction timeline details were given.

The waste-to-energy project has a target commercial operation date of the fourth quarter 2026, the UAE state-backed Wam news agency reported in March 2023.

Alec is owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, while Butec is partially owned by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.

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