The Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) today announced the signing of five new contracts worth $44.9m (AED165m) of waste management investment projects in Abu Dhabi.
The contracts were made public at the CWM - Tadweer booth at the EcoWASTE Exhibition, which is being held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
The new contracts highlight upcoming waste management projects in the capital and are expected to generate significant employment opportunities.
HE Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman, CWM - Tadweer said: “Tadweer is pleased to announce these new projects that are In line with the Abu Dhabi government master plan related to sustainability and environmental conservation, the new projects will greatly contribute in sustainable waste management and environmental protection by treatment of hazardous waste, reducing landfill waste and reducing GHG emissions.
“These landmark contracts will enable CWM - Tadweer to fulfil its commitment of ensuring a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” Al Ahbabi said.
Gas to energy project
CWM - Tadweer signed a contract with Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC for the first landfill gas to energy investment project in the Middle East at Al Dhafra Landfill, which is the largest landfill in Abu Dhabi.
The project will prevent emission of green-house gases (GHG) from the landfill to the atmosphere.
It is expected to be commissioned to produce about 5 MW of power by September 2018 and will be registered with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for carbon credit.
Medical and hazardous waste treatment
Tadweer also awarded two new contracts to Ramky and BRS Ventures – a joint venture - for medical and hazardous waste incineration projects in Abu Dhabi, and a contract to CleanCo in Al Ain.
The facilities in Abu Dhabi will be able to treat about 15,000 tons per annum, while the Al Ain facility will be able treat about 3,000 tons per annum. Both projects will be operational by the end of 2018.
Used cooking oil processing plant
Meanwhile the department has also contracted Blue Al Serkal for recycling of used cooking oil to produce biodiesel and fatty acids, which in turn will be used for manufacturing soaps.
Biodiesel will also be produced, and will conform to the ESMA standard and certified for quality conformity by Abu Dhabi Quality Conformity Council.
The facility is expected to collect and treat about 20,000 litres per day of used cooking oil from the hotels, restaurants and commercial kitchens.
It will also will help protect the blockage of the sewage systems in Abu Dhabi by preventing drainage of used cooking oil into the sewage system. Both companies will be purchasing used cooking oil from commercial establishments.
Saeed Al Mehairbi, acting general manager, CWM - Tadweer said: “Since its inception, CWM -Tadweer has made remarkable progress in creating and implementing safe and effective waste management strategies. This year being the Year of Zayed, with the awarding of these new high-value investment contracts, we are confident that it will help further raise the standard of waste management in Abu Dhabi and generate significant employment opportunities in the Abu Dhabi waste sector.”
All these projects will be based in an Eco-Park being developed by the Center of Waste Management (CWM) next to the Al Dhafra Landfill, where all future waste treatment, recycling and resource recovery facilities will be located.
The fifth edition of EcoWaste exhibition is currently being held be held from 15 to 18 January at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The event is hosted by Masdar as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in partnership with CWM - Tadweer. This year’s EcoWaste exhibition will bring together more than 6,900 participants from 71 countries including the Middle East and North Africa region.