EBRD and EU upgrade largest landfill in Jordan

By Nibal Zgheib

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  • Financing package to upgrade Amman’s only landfill facility and buy a new gas engine
  • Package to comprise an EBRD loan of JOD 7.9 million and an EU grant of €5 million
  • New 6 million cubic meter landfill cell to serve the city for another three years

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is strengthening the resilience of Jordan’s infrastructure by providing a new financing package worth €14.7 million to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM).

This package is being extended under the EBRD’s GAM Solid Waste Crisis Response Programme. It consists of a JOD 7.9 million EBRD loan to the GAM, backed by a €5 million grant from the European Union (EU).

The Covid-19 pandemic and the Syrian refugee crisis have placed unprecedented strain on the Al Ghabawi landfill, the capital’s only dumping facility. The GAM has seen a significant increase in the amounts of solid waste received, causing the cells at the landfill to be filled faster than expected.

The new funds will support the GAM in constructing a sixth cell to increase the capacity of the Al Ghabawi landfill by 6 million cubic meters and meet the city’s needs for another three years. The funds will also support the purchase and installation of an additional gas engine to be connected to the existing landfill gas system (LFG).  

The new gas engine is expected to have a capacity of 1.6 MW, increasing total energy capacity to 6.4 MW. The extension of the LFG utilisation system from three to four engines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 73,574 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year, of which 5,796 tonnes can be attributed to the substitution of electricity from the grid.

Once capped and connected to the existing LFG collection and utilisation system, the new engine will increase the volume of landfill gas collected and enable the GAM to reduce its operating costs by offsetting its energy bill against the clean energy produced.

Since the start of its operations in Jordan in 2012, the EBRD has invested more than €1.5 billion in the country through 61 projects. Of this, some €180 million of EBRD financing and €130 million in grants have been mobilised under the EBRD’s Municipal Resilience Refugee Response Framework.

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