Dubai: Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of DSCE, and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, signed a 35-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPP) from Dubai Waste Management Centre (DWMC), the world’s largest and most efficient waste-to-energy centre in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and Abdullah Al Basti, Secretary-General of Dubai Executive Council.
The new agreement between DEWA and Dubai Municipality seeks to assist the city’s government’s initiatives in the area of clean and sustainable energy, promote sustainability and the circular economy, and strengthen bilateral cooperation. The agreement was reached in Dubai during the 2023 World Government Summit. A number of DEWA and Dubai Municipality representatives were also present.
“This agreement is in line with the announcement by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, declaring 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’ in the UAE. This also supports the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, declaring ‘Environment and its Sustainability’ among 5 government priorities for 2023. DEWA has undertaken a vital role in developing the power purchase agreement as per the best practices and to benefit from the expertise gained through the successful Independent Power Producer (IPP) model,” Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer remarked.
The CEO of DEWA added that,”This agreement is part of our efforts to promote a green economy and achieve the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 25 percent of Dubai’s energy from clean sources by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. DSCE and DEWA work with Dubai Municipality, to develop this unique project, which is a key milestone in waste treatment and integrating waste-to-energy technologies, in line with the UAE’s sustainable development goals.”
Given that the Warsan Wastewater Treatment Plant will be the first of its kind in the UAE, efforts to transform sewage treatment facilities into sustainable and self-sufficient facilities rank among the most significant supportive activities in this area.