Chinook Sciences lands project in UAE

U.K.-based firm wins deal to build large thermal energy-from waste facility in the United Arab Emirates.

June 11, 2014

Chinook SharjahChinook Sciences, based in Nottingham, U.K., has won a deal to build what it is calling the world’s largest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The project is expected to add 850 jobs for the firm and cost more than $500 million.

The deal was awarded by Bee’ah, a Middle East environmental and waste management company after Chinook Sciences were introduced to the firm by UK Trade and Investment, a department of the UK government.

Chinook has designed the entire facility and is coordinating the manufacture, shipping, installation, construction and commissioning of the plant. Chinook expects the deal will lead to the expansion of its manufacturing, research and training facilities at its Nottingham Energy Park in Bulwell, U.K.

Dr. Rifat Chalabi, Chinook Sciences group chairman and CEO, says, “We are delighted to have been selected as Bee’ah’s partner. 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.”

Chalabi continues, “We are very grateful to UK Export Finance, which has helped us over a number of years. Lord Livingston’s presence today continues UK Trade and Investment’s support for this project that began when we were selected to be showcased as a leading UK clean-tech company at its Green Technology Roadshow back in February 2013 where we first met Bee’ah.”

Khaled Al Huraimel, CEO of Bee’ah, says, “There are many technologies and many companies which have used incineration for years. 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.”