Japanese team to build $1.2bn waste-to-energy plant to burn half of Dubai’s trash

Japanese trading company Itochu and Hitachi’s Swiss subsidiary Hitachi Zosen Innova (HZI) have won the contract to build and operate a $1.2bn waste-to-energy plant in Dubai, reports Nikkei Asia.

The 200MW facility will burn about 6,000 tonnes of household waste a day, equivalent to about half the city’s waste. The resulting thermal energy should be sufficient to generate electricity for 140,000 households.

Once the plant is completed in 2024, Itochu and HZI will operate it for 35 years. Itochu will own 20%, HZI 10% and state-linked Dubai Holding 31%. The remainder will split among three companies.

The agreement comes three years after HZI, which is a waste-to-energy specialist, was announced as the builder of "the world’s biggest waste-to-energy facility" in the emirate. That $680m project, presently under construction at a landfill site in the Al Warsan industrial suburb of Dubai, will burn 5,000 tonnes of waste a day.

Altogether, HZI has delivered about 500 such facilities, mainly in Japan and Europe. Itochu has previously built four plants in the UK in association with Suez of France, and is working on a 30MW facility in Serbia.

Other notable schemes under development include the Shenzhen plant, designed by Copenhagen architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan (pictured). This project, which will produce 165MW of electricity from 5,600 tonnes of household waste, will be complete in 2022.

Image: Sunrise in Dubai (Photograph by David Rodrigo/Unsplash)

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