EWEC and Tadweer Received Proposals for the Development of Waste-to-Energy Project

The project will support the development of a circular economy in the UAE

EWEC (Emirates Water and Electricity Company), a leading company in the integrated coordination of planning, purchasing and supply of water and electricity across the UAE, and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), the sole custodian of waste management for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, today announced the receipt of proposals for the development of the greenfield Abu Dhabi Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Independent Power Project (IPP). The proposals were received from a Japan-based consortium comprised of Marubeni Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development, and a consortium comprised of SUEZ International S.A.S and PAL Cooling Holding LLC. 

Set to be one of the region’s largest WtE facilities, the project will have an expected annual processing capacity of 900,000 tonnes of waste, enabling an expected carbon emissions reduction of 1.1 million tonnes per year. The WtE project is also expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 52,500 households. 

Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC, said: “As a leader of change within the UAE’s energy sector, EWEC is continuously exploring opportunities to drive forward the country’s sustainability agenda and contribute to its transition into a circular economy. The reception of these proposals in the midst of the “Year of Sustainability” and in advance of the UAE’s hosting of the much-anticipated global climate change summit, COP28, is a testament to our efforts to support the realisation of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative. We are pleased to have received competitive bids for such a significant project. With this WtE project, we look forward to having a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the UAE.” 

Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer of Tadweer, said: “We are proud to be developing the Waste-to-Energy Power Plant in collaboration with EWEC, a mega project that contributes to building a sustainable future in the UAE and beyond. Receiving these proposals from leading entities demonstrates the keen global interest in such key projects that are utilizing cutting-edge technologies and processes. We will continue launching major projects that focus on converting waste into value. This supports our mission of building an integrated waste management sector in Abu Dhabi, and working toward achieving the wider country ambitions on driving initiatives that unify efforts for a circular economy.” 

During the prior Expression of Interest (EOI) stage, EWEC received a total of 109 EOIs from potential bidders for the project. The Request for Proposal was issued to bidders that passed a qualification process in July 2022.   

Following their submission, the proposals will undergo a detailed technical and commercial evaluation. The awarding announcement and the execution of the Concession Agreement are expected to take place in Q3, 2023. The WtE project has a target commercial operation date of Q4, 2026.

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About Emirates Water and Electricity Company

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) drives the planning, forecasting, purchase and supply of water and electricity in Abu Dhabi and beyond. EWEC performs its role as the sole procurer of water and electricity from independent producers, ensuring the short- and long-term balancing of bulk supply and demand for distribution companies. EWEC is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy. For more information please visit www.ewec.ae.

About Tadweer

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), part of ADQ, is the sole custodian of waste management for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is committed to developing an integrated waste management sector and becoming a leader in extracting value from waste to contribute to national sustainability ambitions.

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