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EU funds expansion of Jordan's largest landfill

Written by Eric Apim on Wednesday, December 8th 2021 à 17:40 | Read 462 times

The EU will finance the modernisation of the only landfill in the Greater Amman area (photo: EBRD)
The EU will finance the modernisation of the only landfill in the Greater Amman area (photo: EBRD)
JORDAN / EU. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union announced on Tuesday 7 December 2021 their support for the modernisation project of the Al Ghabawi landfill, the only one in the Jordanian capital.

The EBRD is providing a loan of 7.9 million Jordanian dinars (€9.87m) to the Greater Amman municipality and the European Union is providing a €5m grant to create a new landfill cell. This funding is part of the EBRD's GAM Solid Waste Crisis Response Programme, which has been running since 2016.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the refugee crisis from Syria, the Al Ghabawi landfill is facing "a significant increase in the amount of solid waste received, which has led to a faster than expected filling of the landfill's cells," says a bank statement.
The sixth cell built will increase the site's capacity by 6 million cubic metres and allow for an additional three years of waste management.

Methane recovery

The investment also includes the purchase of a new gas engine with a capacity of 1.6 MW, bringing the total energy capacity to 6.4 MW. This fourth engine will be used to capture methane gas from the landfill and then use it to generate clean energy. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 73,574 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, of which 5,796 tonnes will be attributed to the substitution of grid electricity by the use of this gas.

The installation of the fifth cell had already benefited from European funding in October 2018. The site could accommodate a maximum of nine cells and thus be used until 2027.

The EBRD and the EU recently financed, to the tune of €60 million in total, half of which was in the form of a grant, the modernisation of the wastewater treatment facilities of a plant also located in Al Ghabawi.


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