More than 80 companies express interest in Abu Dhabi waste-to-energy project

2 Mar 2021

More than 80 companies submitted expressions of interest (EOI) for the planned waste-to-energy (WTE) project at Al-Dhafra in Abu Dhabi. The planned WTE plant will have an expected processing capacity of between 600,000 and 900,000 tonnes of waste per year.

More than 80 companies submitted expressions of interest (EOI) for the planned waste-to-energy (WTE) project at Al-Dhafra in Abu Dhabi.

Energy & Utilities reported in January that Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water & Electricity Company (Ewec), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer), had invited firms to submit EOI in the Al-Dhafra waste-to-energy (WTE) project, which will developed under the independent power producer (IPP) model.

According to sources close to the programme, more than 80 companies submitted EOI. Major developers believed to have submitted EOI include:

  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)
  • CNIM (France)
  • Hitachi Zosen Inova (Japan)
  • Itochu (Japan)
  • Masdar (local)
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan)
  • Mitsui (Japan)
  • Marubeni Corporation (Japan)
  • Sojitsu (Japan)
  • Suez (France)
  • Veolia (France)

The planned WTE plant will be located near the existing Al-Dhafra landfill site in Abu Dhabi, and will have an expected processing capacity of between 600,000 and 900,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The successful developer will own up to 40 per cent of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established to develop and operate and maintain the project. The Abu Dhabi government will hold the remaining 60 per cent.

Energy & Utilities reported in October that Ewec and Tadweer had appointed advisers for two planned WTE projects in Abu Dhabi which will have a total power generation capacity of up to 150MW and the capacity to process up to 1.5 million tonnes of waste per year.

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