Dubai is no stranger to building some pretty impressive structural marvels. Now, the city that’s home to the tallest building in the world is planning a new project that will soon be the “world’s largest.” By 2020, Dubai hopes to construct the largest waste-to-energy plant on the planet.
Other countries have built similar plants as a result of having too much trash and not enough sustainable energy. While the Dubai plant won’t be the first, it really is expected to be the largest. Once functional, the Dubai waste-to-energy facility is predicted to have an annual treatment rate of up to 2 million tons of solid garbage. That’s pretty impressive, as it represents almost two-thirds of the total garbage produced in the city, annually. When you convert all of that waste into energy, you end up with a plant that can produce up to 185 MW. That’s about two percent of the city’s annual energy use, and it’s enough to power about 120,000 homes.
The Dubai plant is in a race for the “World’s Largest” title with another plant. The Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant is currently under construction in China, and it’s also scheduled to be completed by 2020. However, if the Dubai facility stays on track, it should be completed before Shenzhen and ultimately produce 20 MW more, annually, than the plant in China. While a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, it’s really a win-win for everyone, as it’s a move toward a more sustainable energy system in two industrial leading and heavily populated areas in the world.
Dubai has set aside about 5 acres of land in the Warsan area to build the plant. The actual design and construction of the plant are being done by Hitachi Zosen Inova, a Swiss company and the Besix Group, which is out of Belgium.
Ultimately, the cost for the construction of the plant will be about AED2.5 billion, which is about $680 million in U.S. dollars. The construction is scheduled to begin in the next several months, and if construction stays on schedule, the facility should be operational by mid-2020.