BESIX-Griffin Refineries joint venture has signed an agreement with Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a cooperation agreement with the joint venture BESIX-Griffin Refineries to develop an Integrated Waste Management Project in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and with the support of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the project shall receive 1.000 tonnes per day of household waste from the Emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. The facility, costed at around 50 million USD, shall convert the waste of 550.000 residents from these Emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as an important fuel and will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal. By implementing this project, approximately 90% of household waste will be diverted from the landfill.

Eng. Yousif Alahmed Alrayssi, Director of Waste Department, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, comments: “The Ministry has been working hard on developing an integrated waste management plan and selecting state-of-the-art solutions that enable the U.A.E. to realize its ambitious sustainability goals. I am very pleased that today, with our team and with the Ministry of Presidential Affair, we can implement this strategic project for waste management in the Northern Emirates. Works on site are expected to start in summer 2018 and by end of 2019, we should see an operational RDF facility.”

Martti Malmivirta, Executive Chairman, Griffin Refineries, explains: “Building a network across our business segments in the Middle East over the recent years has brought us into the position being recognised, same by governmental institutions and business partners, to be a strong and reliable partner when it comes to the design, financing, building and operation of state of the art waste treatment solutions. This particular project in Umm al Quwain marks a milestone in the region using Finnish and European know how. Together with our partners we are convinced, that this plant will be only the first step to support the United Arab Emirates short term strategy to move away from landfilling of waste, with several more projects to follow in the coming years.” 

Christian Abl, CEO, Griffin Refineries, adds: “Griffin Refineries’ global presence, our commitment towards technology leadership, in combination with our strong focus of utilization of proven technologies and costs per ton focus have enabled us to make another step after the contractual closing in Chile in February this year to underline our credibility and the functionality of our strategy. Strong local partners and fundamental knowledge-based relationships with globally leading engineering teams enable a continuous development in the Middle East and also in other places of the globe. When the European Cement industry is substituting today constantly more than the half of the thermal energy requirements with fuels derived from waste, there is an enormous upscaling potential in many other parts of the world by using proven technologies and develop them further.