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First power to grid for world’s largest Waste-to-Energy plant

First power to grid for world’s largest Waste-to-Energy plant
Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and its partner BESIX have passed another commissioning milestone on the Dubai Waste-to-Energy facility ‒ the world’s largest plant of its type ‒ which is currently under construction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the City of Dubai (photo courtesy HZI).

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Japanese-Swiss cleantech major Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) and its joint venture partner BESIX (Belgium) have successfully delivered a further milestone on the construction of the world’s largest Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant in Dubai. As the facility’s commissioning program advances, the first electricity transmission to the UAE’s national power grid took place on July 11, 2023.

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In 2020, joint venture partners Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and BESIX (Belgium), began construction on the Dubai Waste-to-Energy facility ‒ the world’s largest plant of its type.

The project is being delivered on schedule and reached a further project key milestone on July 11, 2023, with the first electricity transmission to the UAE’s national power grid.

When fully operational in July 2024, this iconic facility will accelerate the City of Dubai’s move away from landfill dependency. Instead, the new plant will use non-recyclable waste as a valuable resource to power around 135 000 homes across Dubai and the UAE.

Combining expertise and experience

The joint venture partners have combined their considerable experience and deep understanding of complex infrastructure projects to bring this scheme through construction and into its commissioning phase.

HZI is widely recognized as a leading global Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner for waste management infrastructure over many decades. With BESIX’s extensive experience and expertise in multifaceted infrastructure projects, the onsite works are progressing as planned.

Currently, with over 2 200 construction workers onsite, hot commissioning is proceeding on two of the facility’s five combustion lines which are transmitting electricity to the grid. This will be followed by the three remaining lines in due course.

Deliveries of more than 2 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) are currently arriving each day.

To send the first electricity to the UAE’s national grid is a huge achievement for HZI and BESIX. We’re incredibly proud to be safely and efficiently moving through each commissioning milestone. Adding power to Dubai’s grid is a key moment for the City of Dubai and our onsite teams. Next year, this plant will deliver reliable baseload energy that will power around 135 000 homes, and, importantly, it will also help Dubai and the UAE to meet their environmental and landfill diversion goals, said Roni Araiji, HZI’s Managing Director of Middle East.

On June 20, 2023, the project teams were honoured to host H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, who officially inaugurated the Dubai Waste to Energy facility.

Once fully operational, the new plant will treat over 1.9 million tonnes of waste, significantly reducing the UAE’s landfill dependence and helping Dubai achieve its goal of 75 percent landfill diversion by 2025.

We take immense pride in our partnership with Hitachi Zosen Inova and the successful achievement of another significant milestone for the Dubai Waste-to-Energy project. This remarkable endeavour is a testament to our combined expertise and unwavering commitment to driving the transition towards a circular economy and reducing landfill dependency. Together with Hitachi Zosen Inova, we are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that align with Dubai and the UAE’s ambitious goals for sustainable development, said Benoit Vadani, VP and Director of Development at BESIX.

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