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ALEC and BUTEC team up for waste-to-energy plant in Abu Dhabi

The plant will add 80MW of power generation capacity from a non-fossil fuel source. (Image source: ALEC)

A joint venture between ALEC Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) and BUTEC has been awarded the contract to construct Abu Dhabi’s inaugural waste-to-energy (WtE) plant

Teaming up with Hitachi Zosen Innova (HZI), a Swiss-based company specialising in waste-to-energy technology, the ALEC BUTEC JV will spearhead the project's construction.

The facility, set to be located near the Al-Dhafra landfill, aims to handle 900,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually over three decades.

Carbon reduction

Its primary goal is to curb approximately 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions each year while adding 80MW of non-fossil fuel power generation capacity.

The responsibilities of the ALEC BUTEC JV encompass engineering, procurement, and construction tasks excluding process-related activities.

This includes civil engineering, structural work, MEP system installation, and site infrastructure development.

Sean McQue, managing director - Construction of ALEC, commented, “We are pleased to have been selected for this crucial project, highlighting our commitment to sustainable progress within the region.

This Waste-to-Energy facility marks a significant milestone in Abu Dhabi's endeavours to tackle waste management issues and diminish greenhouse gas emissions. ALEC's proficiency, combined with BUTEC's established excellence in design-build ventures, guarantees the successful execution of this landmark initiative”.

BUTEC’s country general manager Hani Houalla added, “BUTEC’s design-build expertise coupled with ALEC’s distinguished construction capability positions us as a strong team ready to deliver impactful infrastructure projects like Abu Dhabi’s Waste-to-Energy facility. We are proud to contribute to the UAE’s decarbonization agenda and to this significant development”.