Stream Environment hopes to bag Mecca project
Malaysian Waste Management company hoping to win holy city project bid
Malaysian company, Stream Environment, is hoping to win a bid to provide the waste management services for the expansion of the holy mosque Masjidil Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The company is a subsidiary of the engineering company AWC, which has been shortlisted as one of two contenders to build the third expansion of the mosque, and specialises in providing an automated waste collection system to residential and commercial buildings.
AWC’s chief executive officer Azmir Merican told Business Times if AWC wins the contract, it will be its "single biggest project in a single building worth about 200 million riyals (AED 195,880,208.57).”
The company’s proposal for the expansion includes installing its automated waste collection system, a must-have service, for a city which is burdened with tonnes of rubbish during the annual Hajj season.
AWC’s current biggest project is the 182 million dirham Al-Raha Beach Development in Abu Dhabi, where Stream is installing its waste management system technology.
Stream's technology involves transporting the city’s solid waste at high speeds through underground or surface pipes to a central waste handling facility. It is then compacted into sealed containers which will then be removed and sent to sorting facilities, landfills or incinerators.
On a recent visit two of the group's projects in Kuala Lumpur, Stream’s managing director Sri Skanda Rajah, said in a report carried by the New Straits Times, “such a technology is not only hygienic and effective but in the longer term, it lowers the costs of waste collection.”
“Using this technology, the waste can be moved over a distance of more than 2km and the waste leaves the premises within 2-3 hours after being thrown into the vertical chutes of the respective buildings.”
He also added that the restrictive size of the chutes indirectly encouraged users to recycle more products instead of binning them.