LoI issued for solid waste privatisation

29 August 2006
The joint venture of the local/Kuwaiti Emirates Utilities Company Holding with Italy's IMA and the local Aqua has received a letter of intent (LoI) for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of Abu Dhabi's municipal and solid waste treatment and disposal. The estimated AED 500 million ($136 million) contract is one of the first in an growing list of public services in the emirate to be outsourced to the private sector (MEED 17:2:06).
The project involves a 10-year O&M contract for municipal solid waste transfer, treatment and disposal and building works, to be carried out over 36 months. The works include the construction of transfer facilities at Mafraq and landfill and composting units at Al-Dhafra to replace the

existing landfill site.

The programme is being overseen by a government committee made up of Abu Dhabi Municipalities & Agriculture, Mubadala Development Company and the Environmental Department. The committee's consultant is Germany's Fichtner.

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