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Dubai to have it’s first biogas plant soon

With a vision to make Dubai the world’s least carbon footprint city, Dubai municipality has announced a plan to build a biogas plant at the Warsan Sewage Treatment Plant.

It is a first-of-its-kind project in Dubai that will use biogas to produce energy. Guided by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the project will be developed as a public-private partnership with a global water, energy and environment firm Veolia. Veoila will invest, build and operate the plant for the next 25 years.

The project will cost around Dh250 million and aims to reduce operating costs of the Warsan plant by using the green energy generated from biogas, the by-product from wastewater treatment. The plant will utilize it in its operation which will lead to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the plant to the extent of 31,000 tons per year.

The director of the Sewage Projects Department Fahad Al Awadhi commented that the project is expected to start its operation at the beginning of 2021. He also added that the project will include the construction of a plant with an annual production capacity of 45,000 megawatts, equal to 50 per cent of electrical power needs for the Warsan plant.

The project will convert 58,000 cubic metres per day of biogas into electricity and lead to a reduction in carbon footprint.

With an aim to become self-sufficient in electrical power when it comes to sewage plants, this joint venture is a huge milestone in achieving this goal.

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