First tire recycling plant to open in Oman by 2017
ERJ staff report (TP)
Muscat – Oman’s first tire recycling plant will be operational in its South Batinah region by early 2017.
Tariq Al Amri, CEO of Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be’ah), spoke with the Oman Tribune on 15 June.
He said the plant will convert end-of-life tires into granules which can be used for making tires, asphalt and in other industries.
It will have a capacity to process 30,000-40,000 tonnes per year – the current flow of used tires in Oman.
Al Amri said Be’ah will provide the land and a steady flow of tires, while the plant will be set up with private investment.
The “biggest challenge” is the organisation of a used tire collection system for the country. It is expected to be completed by 2015 and immediately after that work to set up the recyling plant will begin – and should be ready by early 2017.
Al Amri said the plan to set up a national hazardous waste treatment facility in Adam has been scrapped and the new idea is to have local solutions in places like Sohar and Duqm, where hazardous waste is generated.
He said the pilot integrated waste management project started in Dhofar was discontinued as the waste flow was found to be only 400 tonnes per day, which is inadequate. For the entire process starting from sorting of waste at source, sending them to transfer stations, treatment plants and then landfill requires a flow of at least 600 tonnes per day, he explained.
Al Amri said Be’ah’s attempt to complete all 13 engineered landfills will be speeded up if the process of getting approvals from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs is made more efficient. Be’ah will spend 110 million rials (€210.6m) to complete the engineered landfills, 36 transfer stations and support system by the end of 2015.