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200,000 tonnes of waste per year to be turned into energy in Malta

by dbdh

As the Maltese become wealthier and welcome more tourists, the island’s waste volumes increase. Therefore, the Maltese government has decided to construct a modern, energy-efficient waste incineration plant with an expected annual capacity of some 200,000 tonnes of waste. COWI acts as client consultant on the project.

Malta generates about 600-615 kg waste per person, which in 2018 corresponded to 218,000 tonnes of waste a year. Treated wisely most of it can be used to generate energy.

The new waste incineration plant in Malta boasting a capacity of approx. 200,000 tonnes is a prestigious flagship project that demonstrates that Malta takes waste issues and climate challenges seriously.

The government-owned Wasteserv Malta Ltd has chosen COWI to provide client consultancy services on the project, from the early study phases to project execution.

This entails technical, legal and financial consultancy; management of the tender process based on competitive dialogue; preparation of specifications, tender documents and public-private partnership models; DBFO/DBO contracting; as well as consultancy assistance during the design and construction phases. COWI’s Arkitema architects also contribute to the design along with a local partner.

Growth market
Waste is an increasing problem globally, and waste incineration is an energy-efficient and sustainable way of reusing waste. Therefore, COWI believes the international market to hold good growth possibilities.

“The project in Malta is the beginning of an immensely exciting journey. COWI is a global leader in waste management, and we have years of domestic experience in CHP production and waste incineration. When we combine that experience with our engineering, architectonic, legal, economic and planning competencies, we provide a unique 360-degree approach to major, international waste incineration projects. We’re seeing the effect of that right now,” says Kasper Fröhlich, Business Development Director in Industry and Energy in COWI.

”It is a growing wish from our international customers to include legal and financial services, including process management, in connection with complex tender processes and public-private partnerships. This trend is becoming more evident as projects abroad are increasingly based on the involvement of private capital, knowhow and risk allocation,” comments Rasmus Dilling, International Chief Legal Specialist with COWI’s department of Economics and Management.

COWI is involved in a range of international waste incineration plants in the Philippines, Trinidad and Singapore, to mention a few. Furthermore, the company is involved in a number of international biomass projects, some of them in Africa.