Hazardous waste recycling facility launched

MUSCAT: Coinciding with the 47th Glorious National Day celebrations, the 1st recycling facility for processing used lead acid batteries, which cost about RO 5 million with a capacity of 6,000 tonnes of batteries per annum was opened at Al Rusayl Industrial Estate on Thursday under the auspices of Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs.

Shaikh Hamoud bin Abdullah al Hassani, Chairman of Arab Lead Company (ALC), said that the Sultanate attaches a great interest to preserving the environment and encourages projects that help in protecting the environment. He pointed out that the factory processes one of the most hazardous wastes namely the lead acid batteries, which contain lead, sulfuric acid and other pollutants.
Mohammed bin Sulaiman al Harthy, Executive Vice President for Strategic Development at Oman Environment Services Holding Company, “Be’ah”, said that the factory is a world-class facility that helps in control of the emissions from processing such materials. The factory processes about 7,000 tonnes of batteries per annum. Yasser Asad, General Manager of ALC, said that the factory in Al Rusayl Industrial Estate processes the used lead acid batteries with a capacity of 30 tonnes of batteries per day. He added that at the first stage, the factory will produce and sell lead at the local and foreign markets.
During the next stage, in cooperation with Be’ah, the company will process lead and turn it into pure lead that may be used in the Sultanate.
The factory targets batteries and cables factories, as well as some other industries. The factory will focus its businesses in the Sultanate and any surplus will be exported to the neighbouring markets. The opening ceremony was attended by Mohsen bin Mohammed al Shaikh, Chairman of Muscat Municipality, and officials at the public and private sectors. — ONA