Sharjah Multi Fuel Waste to Energy Project


Masdar is developing a cutting‐edge waste-to‐energy plant in Sharjah in partnership with Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading and award‐winning environmental management company. Diverting around 300,000 tonnes of solid waste from landfill each year, it will contribute to Sharjah's effort to reach "zero waste-to-landfill" target by 2020 and the UAE to deliver its 2021 goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills.

The facility will incinerate around 37.5 tonnes of municipal solid waste per hour to create energy and will be located adjacent to Bee’ah’s existing Material Recovery Facility in Sharjah, where the emirate’s waste is collected, sorted, recycled and, where necessary, sent to landfills.

The incineration process converts the waste into produced heat which is then used to drive an electrical turbine. The net electrical power produced will be around 27 MW which will be supplied to the Sharjah electricity grid. The flue gas of the waste incineration will be treated before being released into the atmosphere. The by-products of the waste incineration such as bottom ash are treated as well, temporarily stored at site and later collected by Bee'ah.

Quick Facts

  • One of the first waste-to-energy facilities in the UAE and the second in the Middle East
  • Pre‐feasibility studies carried in 2016
  • Joint Development Agreement signed on 18 January 2017
  • Shareholders: Masdar 50% & Bee’ah 50%
  • Incinerating around 300,000 tonnes of waste per year
  • Net power: 27MW (energising 28,000 homes in Sharjah)
  • Project displaces almost 450,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
  • Project saves 45 million m3 natural gas per year
  • Commercial operation date set for Q4 2020