Saturday, 23 Jan 2021
Thousands of tonnes of toxic industrial and hazardous waste generated every year in Oman will soon be treated in the sultanate's first national hazardous waste treatment facility in Sohar. The ability of the plant to be able to produce waste from energy will also be looked into.

Contract awarded for Oman’s initial hazardous waste facility in Sohar

The public authority in charge of waste management in Oman Be’ah has awarded Suez, the Paris-primarily based international water and wastewater utility organization, the contract for the operation and upkeep of the hazardous waste remedy facility in Sohar.

The contract, with a duration of 3 and a half years, consists of the reception, storage and landfilling of 42,000 tonnes of hazardous industrial waste per year.

According to the organization, Sohar accounts for virtually 90 per cent of the country’s present production of hazardous industrial waste. Most is generated by industries operating inside the industrial port, Oman’s biggest heavy industrial hub, and the surrounding industrial location.

“The contract won by Suez is component of Be’ah’s public authority project aimed at producing a national hazardous waste remedy facility in Sohar, the initial in the nation to treat thousands of tonnes of toxic industrial and hazardous waste generated each and every year.

“The Suez-operated plant is the initial phase of this treatment facility, which will have pretreatment units, including a waste solidification facility with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), alongside a physico-chemical treatment plant with a 1,000 tpa capacity. An energy-from-waste unit with a capacity of almost 50,000 tpa is also being studied,” the organization stated.

Suez will perform closely with Be’ah for the implementation of the structuring of the project which aims to enhance hazardous waste management in Oman, from the receipt and storage of the industrial waste made to its remedy and recovery.

“With extensive experience and expertise in hazardous waste management with more than 50 hazardous waste treatment and recovery facilities in the world, Suez will support local industries in compliance with Omani and international regulations,” it stated.

Since 2010, Be’ah has awarded Suez 4 contracts for the management of a number of waste landfills, which includes these situated in Amerat and Barka. The group has also been supporting the authorities in preserving water sources for numerous years, notably with the building of the Barka II desalination plant inaugurated in 2009 (120,000m3 of water per day) and, a lot more not too long ago in 2016, with the building of Oman’s biggest reverse osmosis desalination plant (281,000m3 of water per day), which was place into operation in June 2018 also Barka.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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