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Piling ceremony held for 30 MW Masdar-Bee'ah WtE plant in Sharjah

PICTURES: French engineering company CNIM is working on the project under a design, build, and operate contract

Masdar and Bee'ah are developing the WtE plant.
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Masdar and Bee'ah are developing the WtE plant.

A ceremony was held to mark the pilot piling of the waste-to-energy (WtE) plant that Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) and Sharjah-headquartered waste management firm Bee’ah are developing in Sharjah – with French engineering firm CNIM as design, build, and operation contractor – for which financial close was reached in October 2018 with a $220m (AED800m) lending round featuring the UAE’s Abu Dhabi Fund for Development; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank; Siemens Financial Services; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp; and Standard Chartered Bank.

The WtE plant is being managed by Emirates Waste to Energy Co, a joint venture of Masdar and Bee’ah that was formed in 2017.

Located at Bee’ah’s waste management centre in Sharjah, the plant will process 37.5 tonnes of municipal solid waste per hour and have the capacity of delivering 30-megawatts, once it comes on stream, which is expected to be in 2021.

The 30 MW produced by the WtE plant will be enough to power 28,000 UAE homes, Masdar said in a statement in October 2018, adding that heat from the waste processing operation will power an electricity turbine connected to the grid.

CNIM, or Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée, was awarded its contract for the WtE plant in May 2017, and the plant’s waste supply agreement and power purchasing agreement were signed with Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority in 2017.

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