BESIX, together with its joint venture partner Orascom Construction, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), an agency of the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban development.
The MoU provides a framework to carry out a feasibility study and further discuss the construction, operation and transfer of a Refuse-derived fuel facility in Egypt. The feasibility study is under way and will be completed in the first half of 2020.
Refuse-derived fuel is an alternative energy source produced from waste treatment. It is used in cement factories to partially replace fossil fuels such as gas or coal. In addition, it diverts large quantities of waste from landfills.
BESIX has built considerable expertise in the fields of wastewater and solid waste treatment, which includes Refused-derived fuel facilities.
In October 2018, the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Climate Change and Environment signed a concession agreement with Emirates RDF, a joint venture associating BESIX, Tech Group and Griffin Refineries, to develop and operate the first Refuse-derived fuel facility in the country. This project will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the Emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain and divert approximately 90% of their household waste from landfills.