Dubai Municipality is finalising a shortlist of companies to bid for a contract to build a waste-to-energy plant and is expected to issue tender documents shortly.

According to sources close tot he project, contractors will be able to submit proposals to build the project on a build-own-transfer or turnkey basis. French consultant Cabinet Merlin is advising Dubai Municipality in the tender.

The project is to be built at a site in Al-Warsan and will be able to process about 6,500 tonnes a day of waste.

Domestic waste will be sourced from across the emirate for use at the plant. The UAE has one of the highest waste generation rates in the world, averaging two kilogrammes per capita a day.

The emirate of Dubai produces 11,000 tonnes of domestic waste each day, the majority of which is currently dumped in landfill. In 2003 it produced just 4,000 tonnes a day.

Startup of the project is planned for 2012, but this date may change depending on the chosen technology and contract type.