Sheikh Sultan inaugurates UAE’s first waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah

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Sheikh Sultan attends the inauguration ceremony in Sharjah.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated Sharjah Waste-to-Energy plant, the first of its kind in the Middle East, on Tuesday.

The Sharjah Waste to Energy plant is the first project of Emirates Waste to Energy, a joint venture established by BEEAH Energy, the renewable energy business of BEEAH Group, and Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.

The construction was completed in April, and has been in the testing phase ever since.



The plant will enable Sharjah to become the Middle East’s first zero-waste city, turning unrecyclable waste into clean energy and increasing the current landfill diversion rate from 76 percent to 100 percent.

It will also help reduce waste sent to landfill across the UAE, while contributing to the nation’s clean energy resources.

At full operational capacity, the plant will help divert up to 300,000 tonnes of unrecyclable waste away from landfill each year while producing 30 megawatts (MW) of low-carbon electricity, enough to power 28,000 homes in Sharjah.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of BEEAH Group, earlier said, “Completion of construction is an important milestone for our Emirates Waste to Energy venture as we continue to pioneer clean energy innovations in the UAE.”

“This will also be a landmark moment as we work towards a zero-waste, clean-energy future for the nation, the region and beyond.”

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