Dubai Waste-to-Energy

A first-class PPP in the United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Waste-to-Energy plant is one of the largest plants of its kind in the world: it will process 1.9 million tonnes of waste per year to generate 200 MW of sustainable electricity. BESIX is involved in the project in three ways: the group is participating in the design and construction of the project, in its USD 1.2 billion financing, and in the management of the facilities' operations and maintenance for 35 years.

For several years now, BESIX has been consolidating its position as a leading player in the implementation of large and ambitious public-private partnerships, mainly for environmental and infrastructure projects. We continue to strengthen our position in this field year after year, convinced that the collaboration we offer to public authorities is a first choice solution for the efficient implementation and long-term management of their assets. Our strength lies in our ability to support public authorities at every stage of their projects, including our financing solutions, our in-house design office for design, our contracting capabilities for construction and, finally, our experts in long-term operations and maintenance.

An iconic project

The project, led by Dubai Municipality, consists of a Waste-to-Energy plant, located at the former Warsan landfill site. The facility will treat 1,900,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. Its size and capacity make this facility one of the largest in the world. Up to 200 MW of thermal energy recovered will be fed into the local grid.

Tailor-made design

As a Build-Operate-Transfer contract, the project was designed by the partners to optimise its functional objectives and risk management for both construction and long-term operations. The BIM for the project is a complete model, incorporating the methods and sequencing of the work. It is also used to guide the construction process and the coordination of the works. 

Operations & Maintenance 

In addition to the design, construction and financing of the facilities, the agreement with Dubai Municipality includes a 35-year operations and maintenance period by BESIX and Hitachi Zosen Inova.

Construction & Digital tools

Early construction works on site started in 2020 and are being carried out by BESIX and Hitachi Zosen Inova. The facility will consist of five processing lines, which will be delivered in 2023 and 2024. At the peak of the works, 2,500 workers will be deployed and the site will use up to 16 tower cranes, including the world’s largest tower cranes in order to install the equipment inside the plant.

Site management can rely on cutting-edge digital toolsallowing faster and more reliable access to information. The BESIX team notably uses the in-house developed Digipro system, which connects available data on quantities, cost control, manpower performance and planning. The combination of these data then allows for digital monitoring of work progress via the 3D model.

Financing of the project

The equity investor consortium comprises leading private and public operators from the Middle East, Asia and Europe: Dubai Holding, DUBAL Holding, ITOCHU, HZI, BESIX and Tech Group.

The debt provider group comprises Japanese export credit agency Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) alongside international lenders Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Mizuho Bank, Ltd, Siemens Bank GmbH, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Japanese export credit agency Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) provided loan insurance.


Project details

Project name

Dubai Waste-to-Energy

Contract type

Design, Build, Finance & Maintenance


, United Arab Emirates


BESIX, Six Construct

External partner(s)

Hitachi Zosen Inova


Dubai Municipality

Building Period

2020 - 2024

Maintenance period

35 years

Maintenance by

BESIX, Hitachi Zosen Inova

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