Bee’ah, a leading environmental management company in the region, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, have formally established the joint venture Emirates Waste to Energy Company (EWEC) to develop waste-to-energy plants across the region, it was announced.
In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, around environmental challenges and ways of maintaining a pollution free environment, the first project will be the Sharjah Multi-Fuel Waste-to-Energy Facility, said Bee’ah, adding that the plant will be the first in the region and will treat, within its first phase, more than 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year and have a power capacity of around 30 megawatts (MW).
H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the UAE, attended the launch of EWEC and witnessed the signing of the waste supply agreement (WSA) and power purchasing agreement (PPA) for the landmark waste-to-energy project by Bee’ah, Masdar and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) officials.
“The Waste-to-Energy joint venture in Sharjah represents an important step in our endeavour towards sustainability and a bold and unconventional solution to address the increasing development challenges in a sustainable way to achieve the objectives of the National Agenda for UAE Vision 2021. Hence, this pioneering national project is particularly important in the realisation of two main objectives of our National Agenda; raising the percentage of treated waste to 75% and increasing the contribution of clean energy in the national energy mix to 27%,” said H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
“Together with our strategic partner Masdar, we have set the ambitious goal of making the UAE a beacon for best environmental practices in the Middle East. We also intend to set an example to the world for how a country that has traditionally been heavily reliant on fossil fuels can embrace change and become a leader in green technology, through vision, determination and hard work,” said Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah.
“Masdar firmly believes in industry collaboration as the most effective way of advancing the deployment of commercially viable technologies, while supporting the UAE’s goals for sustainable economic development. Our partnership with Bee’ah was first announced during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016, and it gives me great pleasure today to see that bold statement of intent being translated into the formal launch of our joint venture Emirates Waste to Energy Company,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
When it comes online, Bee’ah says the new joint venture facility will be able to process as much as 300,000 tonnes of solid waste every year that would otherwise have been buried in landfill sites, thus unlocking the potential of an untapped source of energy. In addition to recovering valuable materials for recycling, the new plant is expected to incinerate up to 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour, generating 30MW of energy.
“With the announcement of this new exciting project, we are providing highly visible, tangible evidence of Bee’ah’s and Masdar’s support for sustainable development in a cleaner, greener UAE,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah.”