Diverting as much as 300,000 tonnes of solid waste from landfill each year, the project will help Sharjah reach its “zero waste-to-landfill” target by 2020 – and the UAE deliver on its 2021 goal of diverting 75 per cent of solid waste from landfill.
The facility will incinerate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour to generate 30 MW of energy. This will add more power to what is produced by Bee’ah’s auxiliary waste-to-energy project, which will eventually produce a total of 90 MW supplied to the Sharjah electricity grid.
Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO of Bee’ah, said, “Today marks the first venture in the realisation of the partnership that we announced with Masdar last year. The cutting-edge waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah is a concrete example of what this strategic partnership will deliver to the UAE and the communities that we serve. We, at Bee’ah, have always been driven by our mission to make the UAE an icon of environmental best practices, and this plant will help us achieve our ambitious environmental goals for the Emirate.
HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chairman of Masdar (second left); HE Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah (centre); HE Thabit Salem Al Shamsi, director general of Sharjah Municipality (third from right); Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar (far left); Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO of Bee’ah; Bader Al Lamki, executive director for Clean Energy, Masdar (far right). (Image source: Louise Waters/Alain Charles)
“The agreement signed today will lead to more projects and bold initiatives that will help the partnership to ensure a sustainable and green future for the UAE.”
Bee’ah collects approximately 2.3mn tonnes of waste from nearly one million households in Sharjah each year, diverting around 70 per cent of its collected waste to its recycling waste management facilities from landfill.
“With GCC countries having among the highest rates of per-capita waste production in the world, sustainable waste management solutions are both critically important and a clear business opportunity,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. “Masdar will combine its proven expertise in renewable energy project development over the last ten years with Bee’ah’s track record in environmentally responsible waste management, to deliver a project that will catalyse further investment in waste-to-energy infrastructure in the UAE and beyond.”