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ADPower and Tadweer officials ink the agreement remotely.

ADPower and Tadweer officials ink the agreement remotely.

ADPower in deal to build two WtE plants

May 2020

Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) said it has signed an agreement with Tadweer for the development of two waste-to-energy (WtE) plants with a total capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year.

ADPower will be implementing the project in partnership with its subsidiary Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec).

The WtE plants, which will come up in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, would have the potential to transform up to 1.5 million tonnes of municipal waste into energy every year and collectively reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2.5 million tonnes annually – equivalent to the removal of more than 500,000 cars from the road.

The first plant – to be located in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) in Mussafah – would have an expected processing capacity of up to 900,000 tonnes of waste per year and generate up to 90 MW of electricity (equivalent to powering an average of 22,500 UAE households), making it one of the largest WtE facilities in the region. The plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1.5 million tonnes per year, said Jasim Husain Thabet, CEO and Managing Director of ADPower, after signing the deal with Ewec CEO Othman Al Ali, and Tadweer General Manager Dr Salem Al Kaabi.

The second plant – in Al Ain – would have an expected processing capacity of up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per year and generate up to 60 MW of electricity (equivalent to powering an average of 15,000 UAE households). Expected reductions of CO2 emissions would be approximately one million tonnes per year.

“This MoU represents a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi as we deliver on the objectives set out in UAE Vision 2021, which aims to divert 75 per cent of waste away from landfills,” he noted.

The proposed WtE plants would be developed through the independent power producers (IPP) model, applied to Abu Dhabi power projects since 1998.  In line with this model, a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) would be entered into, with Ewec as the off-taker of the electricity and Tadweer as the provider of feedstock waste under a long-term waste supply agreement, said Al Kaabi.

ADPower said private sector participants would be invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facilities, which will use advanced moving grate technology to convert municipal solid waste into electricity via a high-efficiency steam turbine generator set. Ash from the process will be processed and recycled into reusable material, it added.  




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