Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) has signed a consultancy agreement with KEO International Consultants to conduct a feasibility study for developing a project on extracting greenhouse gases from Al Dhafra landfill and converting them into environmentally-friendly energy.
Under the agreement, KEO International Consultants will provide consulting services and a study that covers the technical, financial, and environmental aspects for the development and operation of the project.
It will include studying the requirements of the local market and the UAE’s needs for the project as well as the areas that could benefit.
The agreement also includes drilling operations, gas pumping tests, and assessing the quantities expected to be generated within 10 years, while also evaluating the properties of the extracted gas. KEO will also develop and set the terms of the bid before announcing the bidding for the project.
Abdul Mohsen Mubarak Al Kathiri, Director of Projects and Facilities Department at Tadweer, said, "The signing of the contract comes as part of the Centre’s efforts to enhance cooperation with the concerned parties to develop waste treatment services, convert waste into energy, and invest it in a sustainable and safe manner that supports the national economy, and serves the sustainable development goals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This comes in line with the Centre’s strategic plan, which is being implemented in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030."
The landfill in Al Dhafra has undertaken remarkable environmental efforts represented in the extraction and sorting of recyclable materials from the landfill in order to reduce its environmental impact and achieve the optimal use of resources.
In 2021, a total of 25,524 tonnes of waste were extracted, and during the first half of 2022, 12,542 tonnes of waste have been extracted for the purpose of reuse and recycling, including plastic waste, paper, cardboard, iron, wood, and aluminium.