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The tendering process for the appointment of qualified contractors to clean a 2 sq km landfill site in Askar, the southern governorate, has been launched by Bahrain’s EWA, Electricity and Water Authority. This will prepare the area for the development of a solar power project with a capacity of 100 MW.
According to EWA, the scope of the work includes the design and construction of a system for landfill gas extraction and treatment that meets environmental standards set forth by the Supreme Council of Environment.
It stated that the project would include land remediation, the development of leachate and gas management systems, as well as a drainage system in order to make the site ready for the solar project construction and operation.
EWA President Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed said, “Bahrain is fully committed to the objectives of the COP26 and ultimately actionable goals and investments towards climate change. Converting this landfill site to a solar farm capable of producing 100MW is one of many steps the country hopes to execute to realise the objective of bringing carbon emissions in Bahrain to net zero by 2060.”
EWA states that the tender document outlines clear requirements for environmental standards in order to ensure the project complies with international best practices. This will ensure the safety and longevity of both the site as well as the project’s sustainability.
EWA will issue a Request for Proposal for the development of a 100-MW solar plant on the site of the remediated landfill. This is in parallel to the project.
The Economic Recovery Plan of Bahrain will target investments of $30 billion in strategic sectors. This will create new investment opportunities in infrastructure, priority sectors, and renewable energy sectors (including green hydrogen).