Work is nearing completion on a solid waste treatment plant that will produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) at the Marine Environment Research Centre in Umm Al Quwain.
Once operational, the AED132 million ($36 million) plant will process the solid municipal waste generated in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain to produce energy to power cement plants that usually rely on charcoal for their operations.
The 400,000-sq-m facility will have two parallel operation lines – one to receive non-recyclable waste from waste segregation units, turn it into alternative fuel, and transport this fuel to cement factories, while the second will receive recyclable waste from segregation units and convey it to recycling companies, remarked Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Around 50 per cent of the cost of the project is being supported by the Follow-up Committee of the Initiatives of the UAE President.
It is expected to process 1,500 tonnes of municipal solid waste every day to produce 300,000 tonnes of alternative fuel annually, said the minister after inspecting the ongoing work along with senior government officials.
The tour is part of a series of visits that Dr Al Nuaimi is making to explore the latest developments in the projects carried out by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
Dr Al Nuaimi later received a briefing on the plant that will start operations in Q4 2020.-TradeArabia News Service