Dubai’s energy-from-waste mega project achieves financial close

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Create Date: 03/07/2021
 Dubai, : DUBAL Holding and Dubai Holding in
partnership with an international consortium of investors have announced the achievement
of financial close of an AED 4 billion agreement signed last year with Dubai Municipality to
build one of the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) projects in the Emirate, currently
under development.
The landmark public-private partnership entered into a project finance loan agreement on 28
March 2021 for a total amount of around 900 million USD with Japan Bank for International
Cooperation (JBIC) and private financial institutions including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking
Corporation, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Société Générale, KfW IPEX Bank GmbH, Standard
Chartered Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and Siemens Bank GmbH.
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) is providing the insurance for a part of the
loan by the private financial institutions.
Dubai Centre for Waste Processing comes to fruition with the establishment of Dubai Waste
Management Company (DWMC), formed by UAE-based holding companies, DUBAL
Holding as well as Dubai Holding in addition to international investment companies ITOCHU
Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Inova, BESIX Group and Tech Group.
Ahmad Hamad Bin Fahad, the Acting CEO of DUBAL Holding, commented: “Financial
closure is an extremely important project milestone; I attribute this achievement to the
untiring efforts of DWMC management and all the individual Sponsor team members who
worked hand in hand with the financial institutions and other stakeholders over the past three
months since project finance loan agreement was signed during late March 2021. With this
project, Dubai would be able to divert municipal solid waste away from the landfills into an
opportunity to generate electricity through a commercially viable business model.”
On this occasion, Khalid Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Holding, said: “We are
extremely proud to reach financial close for this landmark project, which will offer a new
source of sustainable energy supply in the Emirate, and it further cements Dubai Holding’s
commitment to investing in leading sustainable infrastructure across Dubai as part of our
efforts to contributing to the Emirate’s growth and diversification strategy.”
“This project is a true testament to the trust and confidence that international investors and
financial institutions continue to place in Dubai. With many more milestones ahead, we look
forward to the significant impact the Dubai Centre of Waste Processing will have on Dubai,”
he added.
Set to be one of the largest in the world, the Dubai Centre for Waste Processing in the
Warsan area will upon completion have the capacity to treat up to 1.9 million tonnes of solid
waste or 45 per cent of Dubai’s current municipal waste generation, and significantly reduce
the volume of municipal waste in landfills.

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Foundational works on the project, which will operate under a 35-year concession, started
last year and are proceeding at pace. The facility’s thermal transfer efficiency is expected to
be 34 per cent, which will be among the highest in the world.