Financial close reached for Besix's Umm Al Quwain RDF plant

Construction start due this month for Besix contractor, TG Eco, and Griffin Refineries's 40-hectare waste-to-energy project

Besix is building the Umm Al Quwain RDF plant.
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Besix is building the Umm Al Quwain RDF plant.

Emirates RDF, a joint venture (JV) between Belgium-based Besix; the UAE’s TG Eco Holding; and Finland’s Griffin Refineries, has closed a financing deal for a $36m (AED132m) waste-to-fuel conversion facility in Umm Al Quwain.

Construction work on the facility, which is expected to be operational in September 2020, is due to start this month.

The refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant is a part of a public-private partnership formed to implement a build-operate-transfer scheme for the project, including a 15-year operational phase.

In October 2018, state news agency Wam reported that the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment had signed an agreement to construct and operate the 40ha municipal solid waste treatment and alternative fuel production plant.

Upon commencing operations in 2020, the facility will receive 907 tonnes of municipal waste every day from approximately 550,000 residents residing in Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

The plant will help to reduce 90% of household waste from landfill by diverting it to generate energy for fuel.

Additionally, the facility will help reduce the use of traditional fuel such as coal, according to project manager of Besix concessions and assets in the Middle East, and general manager of Emirates RDF, Nico de Koning.

Koning added: “Emirates RDF contributes to the UAE's strategic objective of landfill diversion of at least 75% by 2021 and it helps cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.

“The milestone reached wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the true partnership and professionalism that we experienced in working with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Umm Al Quwain Public Works and Services Department and the Ajman Municipality,” he added.

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