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Dubai launches a billion dollar waste-to-energy facility to power 135,000 homes

The plant will convert two million tonnes of solid waste a year into enough energy to power 135,000 homes

Dubai launches a billion dollar waste-to-energy facility to power 135,000 homes
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

As more waste-to-energy facilities get the green light, the UAE is taking every opportunity to improve the country’s recycling industry and affirm the commitment to employ advanced technologies for a more sustainable future.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council has inaugurated the initial phase of the world’s largest waste-to-energy facility, to convert waste into usable energy, estimated to cost around $1.09 billion. 

“The start of the operations of the waste-to-energy centre in Warsan takes Dubai another step closer to achieving its strategy to create the world’s best sustainable ecosystem,” said Sheikh Hamdan.

The facility has the capacity to generate 220 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy, sufficient to power around 135,000 homes. It can process approximately two million tonnes of waste annually without any negative impact on the environment.

Two of the plant’s five lines have been operationalized, which currently process about 2,300 tonnes of solid waste daily. At present, the facility generates about 80 MWh of renewable energy.  With the opening of its second phase, the facility’s output is set to expand to 220 MWh, which translates to 5,280 MWh daily.

The waste-to-energy plant was built in partnership with a consortium of five local and international private sector companies – Dubai Holding Itoshu, Hitachi Zosen, Innova and Besix Group.

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