The UAE will soon see the development of the world’s first and largest integrated hybrid landfill gas-solar-agro project in Ras Al Khaimah.
This is the world’s first integrated hybrid landfill gas (LFG)-solar project that will also include an agro-product development component to make it a completely green and sustainable industry – in line with the UAE government’s vision to promote green and sustainable economy.
With an investment outlay of $100m (AED367m), the project will generate up to 16 megawatt (MW) power to be supplied to the customers in Ras Al Khaimah.
An agreement to this effect was signed between Public Works and Services Department and Utico, for developing and operating a 16 MW LFG-Solar project.
The project is in line with the new UAE energy strategy that aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50 percent, thus saving Dh700 billion by 2050.
The agreement was signed by Engineer Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director General of Public Works and Services Department, Government of Ras Al Khaimah and Richard Menezes, vice chairman and managing director of Utico, in the presence of Sonira Nasser, director of Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Authority (RAKWMA).
Utico, a private sector utility supplier which is also a developer plant supplier for water desalination equipment as well as EPC contractor and operator for water and power facilities, will develop the project and operate the project.
Power offtake will be utilised by Utico’s transmission and distribution arm.
“The benefits of this project will be passed onto consumers and will be iline with the programme to assist investment and investors in the UAE,” said Menezes.
Utico is the largest private full services utility company in the UAE and has invested in excess of $540m (AED2bn) in the UAE with over $600m (AED2.2bn) projects under construction and development.