Finland based Griffin Refineries is set to start work on the UAE’s first state of the art waste fuel plant, Emirates RDF, located in the northern emirate of Umm Al Quwain following the financial close of the project.

Emirates RDF is a joint-venture between UAE-based contractors Besix and TG Eco holding together with Griffin Refineries.


Griffin Refineries said in statement, the project is a public private partnership being set up on a buildi operate transfer (BOT) model with a 15 year post construction operational phase.

The plant will receive 1,000 tonne of municipal waste per day from approximately 550,00 residents living in the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. It will completed in September 2020.

It added, “The waste will then be converted into an alternative energy source called refuse derived fuel (RDF), which will be used as a fuel in cement factories instead of coal. It simultaneously results in a diversion of at least 90 per cent of household waste from landfill.

Nico de Koning, the project manager of Besix Concessions and Assets Middle East and General Manager of Emirates RDF: “We are happy to be able to develop this strategic project for waste management in the Northern Emirates.”

He added that Emirates RDF contributes to the UAE strategic objective of landfill diversion of least 75 per cent by 2021 and it helps cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.”

Source: Trade Arabia

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