Dubai commissions Veolia for Jebel Ali waste treatment plant

French firm Veolia was selected in June 2016 to complete the supply, installation and commissioning of the new facility in Jebel Ali

The new facility which is set to treat 600 cubic metres of hazardous liquid waste per day.
The new facility which is set to treat 600 cubic metres of hazardous liquid waste per day.

Veolia and Dubai’s Municipality’s Waste Management Department have successfully commissioned the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment facility, just over two years after the French firm was selected in June 2016 to construct the facility.

According to a statement on Sunday, Veolia Water Technologies, a subsidiary of Veolia, said the new facility is set to treat 600m3 of hazardous liquid waste per day.

The move, in support of the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan 2030 which aims to drive effective sustainable waste management, was also made “in readiness for the increase in hazardous liquid waste that is anticipated to be produced due to new and expanding industries in the emirate”.

Speaking on the new facility, Thierry Froment, chief operating officer of Veolia Water Technologies Middle East, said: “Dubai is a rapidly booming market and the fast pace of urbanization exponentially increases pollutants in the environment. It is critical for governments and organizations to have a sustainable and mature waste management system.

READ: Veolia to invest $200m across MENA as part of expansion

“We are proud of our partnership with Dubai Municipality as it leads the way with UAE’s first-of-its-kind hazardous waste management treatment facility,” he added, noting the new plant can treat the equivalent of 8,000 full household bathtubs of hazardous fluids daily – all transported to the plant by “dozens of tankers trucks”.

Dubai Municipality will also be able to reuse “almost 75% of the treated wastewater for irrigation” as the new centre provides tertiary treatment using reverse osmosis system. The remaining unusable water from this system is sent to evaporation ponds to evaporate the waste water.

Veolia said this process will make the plant Zero Liquid Discharge, meaning all water is either purified or discharged.

Eng Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of the waste management department at Dubai Municipality, said: “Veolia has supported us in achieving an enhanced waste management system at a time where there is a growing concern about the treatment of hazardous waste.”

“We are very pleased with our partnership with Veolia, a globally renowned environmental partner, which has helped us become a role model to municipalities around the Middle East,” he concluded.


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