Besix wins work on Dubai's $680m waste-to-energy plant

Besix wins work on Dubai's $680m waste-to-energy plant
Dubai Municipality and DEWA will cooperate on the development of the Warsan waste-to-energy facility [image: Dubai Media Office].
Published: 30 January 2018 - 12:28 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

Dubai Municipality is set to commence construction on a $680.7m (AED2.5bn) waste-to-energy (WtE) facility. 

Construction is due to begin in the next few months, with the plant set to be operational before Expo 2020 Dubai. 

READ: Dubai to construct Warsan waste-to-energy plant

Swiss company, Hitachi Zosen Inova, and Belgian construction giant, Besix Group, have been named to build and operate the project.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality are cooperating on the project's development. 

READ: Besix unit to build Masdar project in 30 months

The Warsan project aims to treat 1.82 million tonnes of solid waste each year, and will have the capacity to generate 185 megawatts (MW) of electricity. 

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the Warsan project would be the world's largest WtE facility to operate at a single site. 

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said the utility would be the project's offtaker. 


The facility will be connected to DEWA's grid through high-voltage 132 kilo-volt (kV) cables.

Al Tayer said that the project would provide a new power source for Dubai, while Lootah added that the development would support Dubai's aims to achieving and maintaining sustainability. 

Up to 5,000 tonnes of waste will be treated at the plant everyday, Dubai Media Office reported, citing Gulf News


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