Dubai Municipality has extended the bid deadline for the contract to build its planned waste-to-energy project (WTE) project.

Contractors now have until 13 November to submit proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the plant. The previous submission date was 2 October.

According to sources close to the scheme, the client had considered using a build-own-transfer (BOT) public-private partnership (PPP) model to develop the plant, but has decided to tender the scheme using an EPC model with an additional five years of operation and maintenance (O&M).

MEED reported in December last year that Germany’s Fichtner had been appointed as technical adviser for the WTE project.

The first phase is planned to have a minimum capacity of 2,000 tonnes a day (t/d). The plant will be located at the waste landfill site in Warsan.

The project is in line with Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, both of which include a commitment to protect the environment and improve sustainability in the energy sectors. Dubai Municipality estimates the quantity of municipal solid wastes generated in the emirate in 2014 was 7,000 t/d.