Emirates Waste to Energy Company’s first project, the Sharjah Waste to Energy facility, began construction in May 2019. On completion in 2021, it will be the first of its kind in the UAE, and one of the first to be established in the region. The plant is situated within Bee’ah’s state-of-the-art waste management complex in Sharjah. Upon completion, the facility will process nonrecyclable solid waste to generate electricity that will be supplied directly to the Sharjah energy grid. Through careful and innovative design, the Sharjah Waste to Energy facility will also meet the strictest European Union environmental standards to improve emissions performance.
Our goals are aligned with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, to support the country fulfil its clean energy targets and reduce the carbon footprint of power generation, and with the UAE Environment Policy to transform waste-related challenges into development opportunities.
The Sharjah waste to energy project is a landmark development and once complete, will be a significant milestone for the UAE’s clean energy and waste diversion ambitions. The plant will be capable of:
This is an award-winning project that is being built to international standards. Details on its construction include:
|Area||80,000 sq. meters|
|Fuel Source||Domestic and Industrial waste|
|Signing Date||January 2017|
|Financial Closure Date||October 2018|
|Financing||Consortium including Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), Standard Charted Bank (SCB), Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD)|
|Contractor||CNIM – a French industrial company|
|Commercial Operation date||2021|
After segregation at Bee’ah’s Material Recovery Facility, residual nonrecyclable waste will be sent to the Sharjah Waste to Energy Facility. The waste is then transferred to the boiler, which will recover heat from incinerated waste to produce steam that drives a turbine generator. Bottom ash is discharged and deposited into storage, to be converted into usable recycled materials and flue gas is treated through stringent air pollution controls.
The high-pressure, high-temperature steam is converted into electrical energy through a steam turbine that is connected to a step-up transformer that then transfers the electricity to SEWA's grid. The remaining steam runs through an air-cooled condenser to transform into water that is reused in the plant again, as part of a closed loop water cycle.
Moreover, the design of the Sharjah Waste-to-Energy Facility is also unique and takes the site environment into account. There is extensive use of direct air exchange for the mechanical system cooling and boiler cleaning with no water consumption, which is ideal given the scarcity of water in this region.