BESIX to develop and operate first “refuse derived fuel” facility in UAE

19 October 2018

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a Concession Agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to develop and operate a Refuse Derived Fuel facility in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain.

The Emirates RDF Company is a joint venture consisting of U.A.E. based contractor BESIX, Ajman based Tech Group Eco Single Owner holding and Finland based Griffin Refineries. The project will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

The RDF facility will receive 1,000 tons per day of household waste from the Emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. The facility, that will cost around 40 million USD to build, will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the two Emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as a fuel. It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal. By implementing this project, approximately 90% of household waste will be diverted from landfill. 

Nico de Koning, Project Manager of BESIX Concessions & Assets Middle East, explained “Together with our partners Griffin Refineries and Tech Group Eco Single Owner holding we are happy to be able to start implementing this strategic project for waste management in the Northern Emirates. It contributes to the U.A.E. realizing its ambitious sustainability goals and it helps cement plants decreasing their use of fossil fuels. We were only able to reach this milestone if it wasn’t for the true partnership and professionalism that we experienced in working with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and its advisors from Tetra Tech.”

The construction of the RDF facility will start in December 2018. The facility is expected to start operating in April 2020.