Contracts signed for waste disposal
Staff Reporter - Gulf Times
WORK is to start in about 45 days to set up a state-of-the-art solid
waste management facility near Mesaieed. The project will be
completed within three years. This was stated yesterday by Chua Chee
Wui, CEO of Keppel Integrated Engineering of Singapore, which had
signed two contracts worth QR3.9bn with Qatar's Ministry of
Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
The deals were signed yesterday by MMAA Minister HE Sheikh
Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, and Lim Chee Onn,
executive chairman of Keppel Corporation, at a function at the
The signing ceremony was also attended by Yaacob Ibrahim,
Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.
Abdulrahman said the contracts marked “a new milestone in the
excellent relations” between the two countries.
“This vital project is considered one of the many prestigious
special projects that symbolise the visions and aspirations” of HH
the Emir and the Heir Apparent, he said.
The two contracts, of about equal value, are for the engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) of an integrated solid waste
management facility in Qatar, and the operation and maintenance of
this facility for 20 years.
The contracts will be undertaken by Keppel Seghers, a wholly owned
subsidiary of KIE.
Yaacob said “this project is the largest environmental engineering
undertaking that a Singaporean company has won in the international
market. I hope that this significant project will also help
strengthen the strong and warm relationship which Singapore enjoys
“The landmark contracts are a showcase of the successful
public-private partnership between the National Environment Agency (NEA)
and Keppel to bring Singapore's proven environmental technology and
technical-cum-operational expertise to the highly competitive global
NEA of Singapore, a statutory board under the Ministry of
Environment and Water Resources, is Keppel Seghers' strategic
partner in this project.
The contracts reflect Qatar's vision to look ahead, remarked CEO
Chua Chee Wui. “Waste management is a key issue in a country's
Under the contract, 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, composting plant and a 1000 tonne a day
waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration plant.
The WTE plant using Keppel Seghers' water-cooled grate technology is
the heart of the integrated waste treatment facility, Chua Chee Wui
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 waste water
Through its in-house research and development capabilities as well
as strategic alliances with global research institutes, KIE is
continuously upgrading its technology offerings to its customers and
adapting its solutions to suit local conditions and purposes, he
The waste management centre is expected to be operational by 2009.
This will be the first such integrated facility in the Middle East,
and one of few in the world.
Chua Chee Wui said Keppel would continue to tap the vast
opportunities in the Middle East to secure more projects. “We will
leverage our established track record in offering both our water and
thermal waste treatment solutions to clients in this region”.
Keppel would also bid for domestic waste collection project in Qatar
when it is offered to the private sector, Chua added.
Also present on the occasion were Hadi J al-Benaidy, Ahmed Jaber
Soroor, Waled al-Mana, Khalid al-Hammadi, Safer al-Shafie, A R al-Buainain
and Khalid A R al-Sadd.