Sharjah inaugurates ME’s first waste-to-energy plant – News

The plant will divert up to 300,000 tonnes of waste from landfills each year, supporting the UAE’s waste diversion and management goals.



His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the Sharjah Waste-to-Energy Plant on Tuesday. — Photos provided

Published: Tue, May 24, 2022, 6:22 PM

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday inaugurated the Sharjah Waste-to-Energy Plant, the first project of its kind in the Middle East.

The plant, announced in 2018, will divert up to 300,000 tonnes of waste from landfills each year, supporting the achievement of the UAE’s waste diversion and management goals. This is the first project of Emirates Waste to Energy, a joint venture created by Bee’ah Energy and Masdar.

The project will help avoid the emission of up to 450,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which supports the country’s efforts to implement the strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. It will produce 30 megawatts of low-carbon electricity, enough to power around 28,000 homes in the UAE and supply 45 million cubic meters of natural gas each year.

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Governor of Sharjah; Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah; Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah, also attended the ceremony.

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Governor of Sharjah;  Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah;  Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah, also attended the ceremony.  Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and Chairman of Masdar;  Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, chairman of the Bee'ah group;  the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi;  Bee'ah Group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel and other industry and government leaders also attended the occasion.  — Photo provided

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Governor of Sharjah; Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah; Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Governor of Sharjah, also attended the ceremony. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and Chairman of Masdar; Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, chairman of the Bee’ah group; the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi; Bee’ah Group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel and other industry and government leaders also attended the occasion. — Photo provided

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and Chairman of Masdar; Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, chairman of the Bee’ah group; the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi; Bee’ah Group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel and other industry and government leaders also attended the occasion.

A landmark achievement

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said the deployment of the first commercial-scale waste treatment plant in the Middle East represents a landmark achievement in the UAE’s sustainable economic growth trajectory.

“By turning waste into energy, this new plant exemplifies the economic benefits of sustainable energy generation and a low-carbon development path. The use of this technology reduces the use of waste and landfills, creates valuable low-carbon energy and introduces a new sustainable industry to our region,” he said.

“Today’s event marks a key milestone in the UAE’s sustainable development and demonstrates the economic impact of the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative. This is the kind of practical innovation that the UAE is keen to promote with national and international partners to support commercially viable climate solutions, especially as the country prepares to host COP 28 next year,” he said.

The project will help avoid the emission of up to 450,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which supports the country's efforts to implement the strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. — Stock Photo provided

The project will help avoid the emission of up to 450,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which supports the country’s efforts to implement the strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. — Photo provided

Low carbon electricity

Khaled Al Huraimel delivered a speech in which he thanked the Ruler of Sharjah for his continued support for Bee’ah and his continued efforts in implementing the emirate’s vision, which contributed to the completion of the Sharjah waste-to-energy plant.

“By enabling 100% diversion of waste from landfills in Sharjah and contributing to low-carbon electricity in the United Arab Emirates, this partnership highlights the opportunity for clean energy to address the challenge of unused waste. recyclable,” he said.

Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Managing Director of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, gave a presentation on the achievements of Bee’ah, the Sharjah Waste to Energy plant.

The Bee’ah Group has made a qualitative achievement in the emirate of Sharjah by increasing the diversion of waste from landfills to a rate of 76%, the highest in the Middle East, with the support of various recycling facilities which receive various types of waste.

“With the entry of the waste-to-energy plant into the actual operation phase, we will be able to fully process non-recyclable waste, thereby increasing the rate of waste diversion in the emirate of Sharjah away from the one hundred percent landfills,” he added. .

The Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikhs and participants attended a presentation on the stages of setting up the Sharjah Waste-to-Energy Plant, its most important objectives, facilities and expected operating results .

HOW IT WORKS

The plant works by treating non-recyclable waste at high temperatures and the resulting heat is recovered by a boiler. The boiler then produces steam, which drives a turbine to produce electricity. Bottom ash produced during the process is collected for metal and ash recovery, which can be used in construction and roadwork applications. Fly ash is also collected and treated separately.

The plant covers an area of ​​80,000 m² and is adjacent to the integrated waste management complex operated by Bee’ah Recycling, the materials recycling and recovery business of Bee’ah Group. Non-recyclable waste from the waste management complex will be processed at Sharjah’s waste-to-energy plant.

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