The government, on Monday, signed an agreement with Korean company Lotus Joint Venture to establish a waste management facility in Maldives’ two southernmost cities Addu and Fuvahmulah.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony held at the Nature Park instated in Hithadhoo, Addu. Mayor of Addu Abdulla Sodiq and Fuvahmulah Mayor Abdulla Falaah Shareef took part in this ceremony.
Signing on behalf of Maldives was Minister of Environment Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan while the president of Lotus Joint Venture signed on behalf of the company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lotus would design, supply and install the equipment needed for the waste management facility.
Director General of Environment Ministry Ahmed Muruthaza stated that the establishment of the facility is only a portion of the Regional Waste Management project underway in Addu and Fuvahmulah. Deputy General Muruthaza also highlighted the importance of the signing ceremony.
According to the Deputy General, the Waste Energy Plant to be instated in Addu would generate 1.5 Megawatts of electricity per hour, out of which 1 Megawatt would be utilised by Fenaka Power House and the remaining 500 Kilowatt will go to the facility.
Moreover, he expressed his hope that this project will provide a complete solution to Addu and Fuvahmulah cities’ waste management problem.
“Additionally, this project would be a revitalising force in the efforts of the administration to combat climate change. Reason being that this would generate renewable energy.” Deputy General Muruthaza.
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Aminath Athifa reiterated the Deputy General’s hopes. Minister Athifa said this project would materialise her hopes and allow to profit off waste management.
The Regional Waste Management Facility to mitigate waste in Maldives southern regions including in Addu and Fuvahmulah, would be the first project undertaken by the Government’s Green Tax Fund.