UAE climate change ministry awards alternative fuel facility contract

Besix, Tech Group, and Griffin Refineries will build a $40m waste-to-fuel facility in the UAE

Dubai Gov't have signed an agreement to build a Refused Derived Fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain.
Dubai Gov't have signed an agreement to build a Refused Derived Fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain.

The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change has inked a shareholder agreement with Emirates RDF Company – comprising construction companies Besix, Tech Group, and Griffin Refineries – to build a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) facility in Umm Al Quwain.

According to a statement by Besix, the $40m RDF facility will be developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme and co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Upon completion, it will receive 907 tonnes per day of household waste from Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.

The refinery will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from both emirates into an alternative energy source named RDF, which will be used in cement factories as a fuel.

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In its statement, Besix added: “It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal. By implementing this project, approximately 90% of household waste will be derived from landfill.”

Construction on the new facility will start in December 2018 and is operational commencement is scheduled for April 2020, the Belgian construction giant added.

Emirates RDF Company is a joint venture consisting of Besix, Ajman-based Tech Group Eco Single Owner holding, and Finland-based Griffin Refineries.

Speaking on the news, Nico de Koning, project manager of Besix Concessions and Assets Middle East, said: “[The project] contributes to the UAE realising its ambitious sustainability goals and it helps cement plants decreasing their use of fossil fuels.

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“We [would not be] able to reach this milestone if it wasn’t for the true partnership and professionalism that we experienced in working with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and its advisors from Tetra Tech.”

The announcement comes three months after Besix signed a joint venture to operate and maintain an existing waste treatment plant in Sharjah’s Al Saja’a area under a similar PPP agreement.

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