The Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) signed four new contracts worth AED 165 million of waste management investment projects in Abu Dhabi with leading firms in the waste recycling sector. However, the Government of Abu Dhabi has not spent a single dirham on the projects, the total capital cost will be invested by the investors, said Tadweer. The contracts were made public at the Tadweer booth at the EcoWaste exhibition held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (15-18 January). The new contracts highlight upcoming waste recycling projects in the capital and are expected to generate significant employment opportunities.
“Tadweer is very pleased to announce these new projects – that are In line with the Abu Dhabi’s Government master plan related to Sustainability and environmental conservation – that 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 Tadweer to fulfil its commitment of ensuring a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” said H. E. Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman, Tadweer.
The organisation signed a contract with Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC for a Landfill Gas to Energy investment project at Al Dhafra Landfill, which is the largest landfill in Abu Dhabi. The development will prevent emission of greenhouse 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.
This year, Tadweer will also be working with Blue Al Serkal for recycling of used cooking oil to produce biodiesel and fatty acids, which in turn will be used for manufacturing soaps. The biodiesel produced will be confirming 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 help protect the blockage of the sewage systems in Abu Dhabi by preventing drainage of used cooking oil into the sewage system, said Tadweer. Both companies will be purchasing the used cooking oil from commercial establishments.
The organisation also awarded two new contracts to Ramky and BRS Ventures 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 per annum, according to Tadweer and both projects are expected to be operational by end 2018.
Eng. Saeed Al Mehairbi, Acting General Manager, 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 CWM –Tadweer next to the Al Dhafra Landfill, where all future waste treatment, recycling and resource recovery facilities will be located.