Sharjah: An estimated 850 UK jobs will be created thanks in part to a deal to build the world’s largest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in Sharjah.
The infrastructure deal, valued at £300 million (Dh1.8 billion), was awarded to Chinook Sciences, a UK-based research group that supports nuclear, metal and industrial gases industries.
UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston made the announcement on Friday on a visit to the Chinook’s Nottingham headquarters.
The contract was awarded by Bee’ah, a UAE-based environmental and waste management company. The deal is set to benefit Chinook’s UK supplier base of 440 companies.
“We are delighted to have been selected as Bee’ah’s partner,” said Dr Rifat Chalabi, Chinook Sciences’ Group Chairman and CEO. “The Sharjah Project is a major milestone for Chinook Sciences as it means we are now building the world’s largest household waste gasification plant in partnership with one of the most visionary companies in the sector. This is further validation of our market-leading technology and project delivery capability.”
The Sharjah deal and other orders within Chinook’s pipeline of projects are estimated to create 200 new UK jobs over the next two years, and secure a further 650. About half of these new jobs will be in the East Midlands
“There are many technologies and many companies which have used incineration for years,” said Bee’ah’s CEO Khaled Al Huraimel. “Sharjah wants to be a leader in the environmental industry, so we went and looked for the latest technology. This technology is the greenest when it comes to waste-to-energy and we felt that this solution was right for Sharjah.”