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Waste to Energy plans extinguished in Dubai

Plans for a 2,000 – 3,000 tonne per day waste to energy facility in Dubai that were unsuccessfully tendered three times have now reportedly been cancelled.

Financing issues and a project scope that was “too open” were said to be the challenges halting the project for the Dubai Muncipality, according to a report by Middle East Business Intelligence (MEED).

Two bids were submitted in November of last year with Japan’s Hitachi Lenovo touted as favourite. A proposal was put forward for three incinerators constructed at Al-Warsan, each with a 50MW capacity under a 20-year contract.

MEED quoted sources as saying that the municipality was keen to accept the power price of 26 fils a kilowatt hour, but not the proposed gate fee.

Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Saifaie, the director of Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department reportedly said that Dubai is completing its waste management masterplan for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) emirate until 2030.

Earlier this year the UAE brought forward its policy to ban all disposal plastic products except those made from oxo-biodegradable plastic (see Waste Management World story).

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