$544m waste-to-energy plant for Dubai
Dubai is set to build the Middle East’s largest waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to convert solid waste into energy in the city’s Warsan district two.
It will take three years to construct the plant and bring it online. Operations are predicted to commence in the second quarter of 2020, after which 2,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste will produce 60MW of power per day.
The US $544 million WTE facility aligns with Dubai’s aim to reduce landfill waste by 75 percent in the next five years. At present, the Gulf states are some of the world's worst waste producers.
“The GCC states rank among the highest per-capita producers of municipal solid waste in the world with the majority of waste dumped in landfills using valuable land and resulting in quantified environmental damage," Mhairi Main Garcia, Director of the Dubai-based Clean Energy Business Council, told The National.
The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is also planning to open up bids for private sector companies to run another WTE project, capable of processing over 1,000 tonnes of waste per day, in the Northern Emirates.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.