Keppel takes billion dollar Qatar waste facility award

First-of-its-kind facility developed by Singapore contractor to handle 1,550 tonnes of waste per day

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By  Construction Week News Team Published  October 21, 2006

Singapore-based Keppel Integrated Engineering Limited (KIE) has won two contracts worth around US $1 billion (QR3.9 billion) from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture in Qatar to build a solid waste management centre. It will be the first such integrated solid waste treatment facility in the Middle East. Both contracts, which are almost equal in value, are for the engineering, procurement and construction of an integrated solid waste management facility, and the operation and maintenance of the project for 20 years. Keppel Seghers, a wholly owned subsidiary of KIE, will undertake the contracts. Under the package, Keppel Seghers will design and build four waste transfer stations and one integrated domestic solid waste management centre (DSWMC) to handle and treat domestic solid waste for the whole of Qatar. Designed to treat an initial capacity of more than 1,550 tonnes of waste a day, the DSWMC will comprise waste sorting and recycling facilities, landfill, a composting plant and a 1,000-tonnes-per-day waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration plant. The WTE plant, utilising Keppel Seghers’ water-cooled grate technology, will be at the heart of the integrated waste treatment facility. Other Keppel Seghers’ technologies to be deployed in the DSWMC include the Danodrum system for recycling and pre-treatment of waste, the rotary atomiser semi-dry system for flue gas treatment and the unibrane membrane bioreactor system for wastewater treatment. Yaacob Ibrahim, minister for the environment and water resources, Singapore, said: “This project secured by Keppel is the largest environmental engineering undertaking that a Singaporean company has won in the international market.” The DSWMC is expected to be operational in 2009.

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