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Plans for Dubai’s first biogas plant take shape

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Plans for the first biogas plant to be built in Dubai are taking shape. Dubai Municipality will build the plant at the city’s Warsan Sewage Treatment Plant in partnership with global waste management firm Veolia, at a cost of around Dh250 million (€62.2 million). Once fully operational, it is hoped the biogas project will help to save Dh325 million (€79.4 million) through reduced electricity consumption and carbon emissions.

According to a report by the Khaleej Times, Dawoud Al Hajiri, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the project could help to reduce CO2 emissions at Warsan by 31,000 tonnes per year. He said: “This project is guided by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which seeks to make Dubai the world’s least carbon footprint city by 2050.”

“The project includes the construction of a plant with an annual production capacity of 45,000MW power, which is equivalent to 50% of electrical power needs for the Warsan plant,” said Fahad Al Awadhi, director of the Sewage Projects Department. The plant will convert 58,000 cubic metres of biogas per day into electricity.

Sebastian Chauvin, CEO for the Middle East at Veolia, added: “Dubai Municipality aims to become self-sufficient in electrical power within their sewerage plants and this joint collaboration is a significant milestone to achieve this goal. Veolia will invest, build and operate the facility over the next 25 years.”

Commercial operations are due to begin at the start of 2021.