Project Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates

Emirates RDF

Treating household waste to replace fossil fuels!

BESIX is building and will then help manage the first Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) plant in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Based on a vision of integrated waste management, it will convert the waste of the emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain's 550,000 inhabitants into RDF, which will partially replace the gas and coal used in the region's cement plants. In all, 90% of household waste will take the direction of the installation instead of the landfill!

A PPP between Umm Al Quwain and Emirates RDF

The RDF facility is being built and will be managed by a public-private partnership. Partners are the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain and the Emirates RDF Company.

Emirates RDF is a joint venture of BESIX, the Ajman-based Tech Group Eco Single Owner holding company, and Finland-based Griffin Refineries.

A sustainable approach

The RDF plant will process 1,000 tons of household waste a day from the emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.

Solid waste is shredded, sorted and dried to turn it into RDF, which can serve as an alternative, low-carbon fuel in cement kilns.

The facility, costing around USD 40 million to build, will convert the waste of the 550,000 inhabitants of the two Emirates into an alternative energy source. This refuse-derived fuel (RDF) will be used as fuel in cement plants, partially replacing traditional gas and coal. Implementation of this project will divert around 90% of household waste from landfill sites. The facility will employ 95 people and operate 7 days a week.

Together with our partners Griffin Refineries and the Tech Group Eco Single Owner holding company, we are pleased to be able to launch this strategic waste management project in the Northern Emirates. This will enable the UAE to meet its ambitious sustainability goals and help cement companies reduce their fossil fuel consumption.

Nico De Koning
Project Manager, BESIX Concessions & Assets Middle East

Project details

Project name

Emirates RDF

Category

Waste-to-Resource

Contract type

Design, Build & Maintenance

Location

Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates

Stakeholder(s)

BESIX

External partner(s)

Emirates RDF (BESIX, Tech Group Eco Single Owner, Griffin Refineries)

Client

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Building Period

2018 - 2020

Maintenance period

15 years

Total value

€ 40 million

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