Region’s first commercial scale Waste to Energy plant inaugurated in Sharjah

Sharjah Waste to Energy plant example of economic benefits of innovative sustainable energy production, says company.

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Waste Management
May 24 2022
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The Emirates Waste to Energy company, a joint venture between Beeah and Masdar, has announced the inauguration of the Sharjah Waste to Energy plant, the first commercial scale plant of its kind in the Middle East.

The plant will divert up to 300,000 tonnes of waste away from landfills each year and will enable Sharjah to increase its current landfill diversion rate from 76 per cent to 100 per cent, said Beeah, adding that the plant also has systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce water consumption. The combusted waste is expected to produce 30 megawatts (MW) of low-carbon electricity.

The event was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who officially inaugurated the plant. Also present at the event were H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of Masdar, H.E Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Beeah Group, Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Beeah Group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel and other industry and government leaders.

“The deployment of the first commercial scale waste to energy plant in the Middle East represents a landmark achievement in the UAE’s sustainable economic growth trajectory,” said H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of Masdar. “Today’s event marks a key milestone in the UAE’s sustainable development and demonstrates the economic impact of the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative. This is the type of practical innovation that the UAE is keen to promote along with domestic and international partners in support of commercially viable climate solutions, in particular as the nation prepares to host COP 28 next year.”

“This waste-to-energy plant highlights an important next chapter for the UAE and the emirate of Sharjah, which came as a result of the innovative Beeah-Masdar partnership. For the UAE, this project is a scalable clean energy option to drive towards the national sustainability agenda. In the emirate of Sharjah, we are realizing the Middle East’s first zero-waste city and exploring more ways to contribute to national targets,” said Beeah Group Chairman H.E Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais. “The Sharjah Waste to Energy plant will not only support the UAE’s net-zero emissions objective, it also addresses the vital issue of waste management – a major problem for many cities in the GCC. I am confident this pioneering project will serve as a shining example for sustainable waste management for other governments in the region for years to come,” commented Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.

“We are proud of the Emirates Waste to Energy partnership with Masdar,” said Beeah Group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel. “By enabling 100 per cent landfill waste diversion in Sharjah and contributing to low-carbon electricity in the UAE, this partnership highlights the clean-energy opportunity in tackling the challenge of unrecyclable waste. I look forward to more collaborations to further widen our impact and leverage the success of the Sharjah Waste to Energy plant across the UAE, the region and beyond.”