Besix to build €700m thermal waste recycling plant in Dubai


A consortium of Besix Group and Hitachi Zosen Inova of Switzerland has secured a build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract from the Municipality of Dubai (UAE) to design and execute a €700m waste-to-energy project.

Besix will be responsible for the design and execution of the infrastructure works, civil engineering and construction, as well as for the water treatment.

For the first time, Besix will work with Hitachi Zosen Inova, which is involved in thermal waste recovery.

The Municipality of Dubai has granted a 30-year contract to the consortium to operate and maintain the plant.

Upon completion, the plant will be one of the largest resource recovery facilities in the world.

It will convert 5,000 tonnes of solid waste per day into energy, producing 171MW of electricity per hour, which will power 120,000 homes in the region.

Earlier, Besix had won the contracts for the Jebel Ali water treatment plant (Dubai, UAE), Hamriyah power and desalination plant (Sharjah, UAE) and the Safi water reuse station (Ajman, UAE).

Besix expects the waste-to-energy project to make a major contribution to the sustainable landscape of the UAE.

The Besix/Hitachi Zosen Inova consortium and its consultants will finalise the design of the project over the next six months.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2018, with partial delivery planned for the World Expo in 2020.

The plant is expected to reach its final capacity in 2021.

Besix Group CEO Rik Vandenberghe said: “As a multi-service group operating in the construction and concession sectors in UEA since many decades, and true to our raison d'être of excelling in creating sustainable solutions for a better world, we are enthusiastic participants in this project that will bring real added value to the Dubai community and improve the quality of life of citizens and their environment.

“This first and very significant waste-to-energy contract is an important milestone in Besix ambition to develop new activities.”

Besix Group Middle-East Business Unit general manager Pierre Sironval said: “This contract is a testimony of the decades-long relationship of trust between the Dubai Municipality and Besix Group, particularly in public-private partnerships, a configuration in which we as experts can contribute considerable added value.

“In addition, with this project, we are further expanding our activities before and after the construction works, which perfectly matches our diversification strategy.”

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