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Dubai plans world-class waste-to-energy plant run by Itochu

Half of the city's trash to be converted to electricity, serving 140,000 households

The new plant will be able to process the equivalent of half the waste produced annually in Dubai.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu and engineering company Hitachi Zosen have secured an order to build and operate one of the world's largest waste-to-energy plants in Dubai, tapping new demand in the heart of one of the world's top oil-producing regions.

The facility, expected to cost about 120 billion yen ($1.16 billion), will generate electricity by burning trash from households in the United Arab Emirates city. It will be able to process about 6,000 tons per day, with an annual capacity of 1.9 million tons, equivalent to roughly half the city's waste.

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