Waste-based electricity to power homes in Qatar

July 18, 2011

Qatar households will use electricity produced from domestic waste with the country’s first integrated waste management centre becoming operational by the end of the year.

The Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC) will supply 34.4 mega watt (MW) of electricity daily to the national power grid, an environment ministry official said.

The first integrated solid waste treatment facility in the Middle East will treat, process and recycle domestic waste to produce required raw materials for various local industries apart from electricity, the official said, Qatari daily The Peninsula reports on Monday.

The waste-to-energy centre will generate enough power to run the plant’s various machineries and meet the demands of the complex. Apart from this, a surplus of 34.4MW will be transferred to national power grid on daily basis.

Some 2,300 tonnes of domestic solid waste will be treated at the facility and organic and green wastes will be used to produce valuable fertilisers and biogas. The gas will be used for power generation and manure will be used for agriculture requirement in the country.

Around 1,000 tonnes of other waste will be incinerated in an environment friendly way, resulting in just five percent land fill. The combustion heat produced will be used to steam cold-water which will in-turn run turbine to generate electricity.

Metal and aluminum will be recycled separately, allowing for the waste being fully recovered via several channels.

The project, which according to earlier reports, costs over QR3.9bn including construction and management cost by Keppel Seghers, a Singapore-firm, which will operate the facility for 20 years.

Apart from the DSWMC, the project includes waste transfer stations, in different parts of the country, equipped with collection bunkers for separating recyclables such as glass, paper, aluminium, plastic and other waste, helping to handle and treat domestic solid waste for the whole of Qatar.

DSWMC is designed to maximise recovery of resources and energy from waste by installing state-of-the-art technologies for separation, pre-processing, mechanical and organic recycling, and waste-to-energy and composting technologies.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
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