As part of a consortium of companies, Hitachi Zosen Inova is developing the most modern Waste-to-Energy facility to serve Abu Dhabi. Image provided by: Hitachi Zosen Inova

Hitachi Zosen Inova developing Waste-to-Energy plant in Abu Dhabi

09 April 2024 12:34

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Zurich/Abu Dhabi/Tokyo - Hitachi Zosen Inova is part of a consortium to have been awarded a contract to build a Waste-to-Energy facility in Abu Dhabi. It has been tasked with planning, building and operating the world’s largest plant of this kind.

As part of a consortium of companies, the Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is developing the most modern Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility to serve Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to a press release, the concession agreement for the development, construction and operation of the plant, which will generate energy on the basis of waste, was recently signed by the local contracting authorities, namely the Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC) and the Tadweer Group, as well as by the consortium. The Tokyo-based Marubeni Corporation heads up the consortium, which in addition to HZI also includes the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development.

The first WtE plant in Abu Dhabi is expected to process 900,000 tons of non-recyclable waste per annum over the next 30 years. This project aims to avoid 1.1 million tons of carbon emissions in the UAE and will use one of the largest and most advanced moving grate technologies ever seen to convert solid municipal waste into electricity on the basis of a water-steam cycle.

With this partnership, the UAE is seeking to set a “new standard for Waste to Energy projects in the region and beyond”, according to Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC. Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin, CEO of HZI, says in the press release that HZI is “deeply honoured” to form part of the consortium to deliver the company’s “second ultra-large WtE project in the Middle East”. State-of-the-art facilities of this kind represent a “vital component in the drive to enhance decarbonization, resource circularity and supply security across the region”, he concludes.

Hitachi Zosen Inova will be represented at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is set to take place April 16-18. ce/mm

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