Besix wins work on Dubai's $680m waste-to-energy plant
Dubai Municipality and DEWA are cooperating on the development of the Warsan project, which will be built and operated by Hitachi Zosen Inova and Besix Group
Dubai Municipality is set to commence construction on a $680.7m (AED2.5bn) waste-to-energy (WtE) facility.
Construction is due to begin in the next few months, with the plant set to be operational before Expo 2020 Dubai.
Swiss company, Hitachi Zosen Inova, and Belgian construction giant, Besix Group, have been named to build and operate the project.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality are cooperating on the project's development.
The Warsan project aims to treat 1.82 million tonnes of solid waste each year, and will have the capacity to generate 185 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the Warsan project would be the world's largest WtE facility to operate at a single site.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said the utility would be the project's offtaker.
The facility will be connected to DEWA's grid through high-voltage 132 kilo-volt (kV) cables.
Al Tayer said that the project would provide a new power source for Dubai, while Lootah added that the development would support Dubai's aims to achieving and maintaining sustainability.
Up to 5,000 tonnes of waste will be treated at the plant everyday, Dubai Media Office reported, citing Gulf News.