Dubai Municipality opens 600m3 Jebel Ali wastewater treatment plant

Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Complex facility can treat waste containing acid, petroleum, and liquid fats

Dubai Municipality has opened the Jebel Ali plant.
Dubai Municipality
Dubai Municipality has opened the Jebel Ali plant.

Dubai Municipality has started operations on a hazardous industrial wastewater treatment plant at Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Complex, with a capacity of 600m3 of liquid waste per day, including acid and petroleum wastes; liquid wastes containing oils, fats, and grease; and effluents containing high percentages of heavy metals or toxic components.

Seventy-five percent of these wastes will be converted to irrigation water that can be used for washing equipment, as well as to meet the needs of other processing units in the facility, reducing its reliance on potable water.

The project has been established in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and meets the environmental objections of the National Agenda and Dubai 2021 Plan.

Director of Dubai Municipality’s waste management department, Eng Abdulmajeed Saifaie, said the project was implemented after “careful study” and comparative examination of different treatment systems and processes to ensure the Jebel Ali plant is equipped to treat the hazardous industrial waste generated in Dubai.

Commenting on the project, Saifaie added: “The station is equipped with an artificial intelligence system that contains intelligent sensors capable of reading the quality of water entering the various units of the station, enabling it to carry out the processes without any human intervention from the receipt of waste until the completion of the process of directing treated waste to storage units.

“These technologies are in line with the Government of Dubai’s aspirations to spread the culture of smart government and complement Dubai Municipality’s efforts to highlight the smart projects, systems and modern technologies it provides to serve the community in various fields, especially infrastructure.”

Director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the plant was “one of the pioneering projects” it had implemented to “enhance efforts in the transition to a green economy”.

He continued in a municipality statement: “Today, we are moving towards the completion of Dubai's waste management system, which will see major developments towards the goal of Dubai being free of all kinds of waste.

“The safe disposal of waste is a challenge to the competent authorities in various countries of the world, especially for hazardous waste, which may have an impact on human health and the environment, which calls for the development of plans and strategies for the disposal of these wastes in safe and appropriate ways that achieve the factors of sustainability and maintain the quality of life.”

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