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Dubai Municipality, which is running out of landfill site options, has announced a plan to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to deal with almost one-third of the emirate’s solid waste. The municipality is looking to build a 60MW WTE plant in Dubai’s Warsan district at a cost of Dh2bn ($545mn), for start-up by mid-2020.
On a dollars per unit of generating capacity basis the plant appears expensive, even in comparison with nuclear power. The WTE project will install electricity capacity at a cost of $9.1mn/MW, which compares with $3.6mn/MW for the 5.6GW of nuclear capacity that the UAE is building at Barakah at a cost of $20bn. However, WTE’s key purpose is not power generation.
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