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HZI selected to build the world’s largest energy from waste plant in Dubai

Switzerland-based energy from waste technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it has been selected by Dubai Municipality to build the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in a joint-venture (JV) with Belgium’s largest construction company, BESIX Group. At full capacity, the Dubai Resource Recovery Facility will treat over 1.8 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) annually.

An artist’s rendering of what is said to be the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) plant, the 171 MWe Dubai Resource Recovery Facility which is to be built by a joint-venture (JV) consisting of HZI and BESIX Group (image courtesy HZI).

According to a statement, the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) plant is to be built in Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), together with BESIX Group, Belgium’s largest construction company operating in the Middle East, has been selected by Dubai Municipality to realize this project.

Under a joint-venture (JV) partnership, the two international companies will collaborate on delivering the engineering, procurement, and construction of the turnkey plant, and a minimum of 30 years’ operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Dubai Resource Recovery Facility. The value of the contracts has not been disclosed.

The award of this project, with its relevance to the industry, highlights HZI’s market leadership in the energy-from-waste business, in terms of both EPC and O&M. We are delighted and proud of the conclusion of this contract, which marks our successful entry into the Middle East market, said Andres Kronenberg, Vice President Business Development at HZI.

To be located at the waste landfill site in Warsan, Dubai, the plant will treat 5 000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste (MSW) from the Dubai area per day. On an annual basis, 1.825 million tonnes will be converted into renewable energy.

The electricity from the 171 MWe rated plant will be fed into the local grid as baseload power, enough for around 120 000 homes. In addition, there will be metals recovered and construction materials produced from the bottom ash.

We are very pleased that Dubai Municipality has entrusted us with this new major project, and honoured to add this reference to the list of sustainable solutions we have created, very much in line with our purpose, said Rik Vandenberghe, CEO of BESIX Group.

Part of Dubai’s sustainability strategy

The project is in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, the UAE National Agenda 2021, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. The plans aim to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development through various projects and initiatives for the conservation of natural resources, rationalized consumption, and the inclusion of alternative and renewable energy resources in Dubai’s energy mix.

In accordance with the objectives envisaged in these plans, Dubai Municipality says that it is keen to strengthen efforts to achieve the targets for minimizing the volume of municipal waste disposed of in landfill, and for developing alternative energy sources through the “speedy implementation” of projects for the sustainable management of waste, energy, and the environment.

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