There are several energy-from-waste initiatives already underway in the region. Qatar was the first GCC country to implement a EfW programme and currently generates over 30MW of electricity from its Domestic Solid Waste Management Center (DSWMC) located at Messeid (Doha). Saudi Arabia and the UAE have both stated that they have WtE production capacity targets of 100MW. Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman are also seriously considering energy-from-waste as a means to tackle the worsening waste management problem.
New technologies naturally take time to become established as their efficiency versus cost ratios are analysed. However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that energy-from-wastes is a viable and efficient method for solid waste management and generation of alternative energy in the Middle East.