The Sharjah Waste To Energy Plant

Driving clean energy and total landfill waste diversion in Sharjah

The Sharjah Waste-to-Energy plant closes the loop on waste that is deemed non-recyclable, contributing to a zero-waste future while also producing clean energy. Complementing integrated, digitally enabled recycling at BEEAH’s award-winning waste management complex, the Sharjah Waste to Energy plant receives and processes 300,000 tonnes of waste annually while producing a 30 MW as output, enough power for the equivalent of 28,000 homes. The Sharjah Waste to Energy plant has contributed to a 90% landfill waste diversion rate in Sharjah, the highest in the Middle East, moving closer to achieving total waste diversion.

A strategic collaboration between BEEAH and Masdar

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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.

  • Establish Sharjah as the first zero waste-to-landfill city in the region
  • Increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050
  • Reduce carbon footprint of power generation by 70% by 2050

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:

  • Processing over 300,000 tonnes of municipal nonrecyclable solid waste per year
  • Processing rate of 37.5 tonnes of solid waste per hour
  • Generates up to 30 MW of clean energy
  • Powering up to 28,000 homes in Sharjah
  • Displacing almost 450,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
  • Saves 45 million m3 of natural gas per year

This is an award-winning project that is being built to international standards. Details on its construction include:

Area 80,000 sq. meters
Technology Waste-to-Energy
Fuel Source Domestic and Industrial waste
Signing Date January 2017
Ground-breaking Date 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
Project Details

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.

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