Oman Ce­ment, be’ah sign agree­ment

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Mus­cat – Oman En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Hold­ing Co (be’ah) and Oman Ce­ment Co (OCC) an­nounced a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment in the field of waste man­age­ment, en­ergy re­cov­ery and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of fuel to ad­vance eco­nomic growth and pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity.

The agree­ment, in the form of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU), was signed by the CEO of be’ah, Eng Tariq Ali al Amri, and Eng Salim Ab­dul­lah al Ha­jri, CEO of OCC.

The MoU for­malises the scope of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween be’ah and OCC to utilise end-oflife-tires (ELT) as an al­ter­na­tive fuel [along with nat­u­ral gas] in OCC’s kiln to pro­duce ce­ment.

Amri said, “This agree­ment re­flects be’ah’s strat­egy in waste di­ver­sion and pro­mot­ing cir­cu­lar econ­omy and sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment prac­tices. Be’ah aims to re­cover the max­i­mum value of dis­carded ma­te­ri­als such as ELT which can be utilised in en­ergy pro­duc­tion and other in­dus­tries. The agree­ment con- trib­utes in be’ah’s vi­sion in con­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of Oman for fu­ture gen­er­a­tion”.

Sim­i­larly, OCC is look­ing to di­ver­sify and utilise more ef­fi­cient sources of en­ergy and re­duce re­liance on nat­u­ral gas.

Ha­jri said, “The project will meet OCC’s plans for di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of en­ergy sources by us­ing tire de­rived fuel (TDF) and other waste as a fuel source in ce­ment kilns, lead­ing to sev­eral ben­e­fits such as pro­tect­ing the en­v­i­ron- ment, in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, and sav­ing en­ergy.”

It is es­ti­mated that around 45,000 tons of ELT are gen­er­ated in the sul­tanate an­nu­ally. The num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease due to ur­ban­i­sa­tion and the in­crease of pop­u­la­tion, which in­creases the de­mand on tires. ELT tires are con­sid­ered to be a threat to the en­vi­ron­ment as it could be a cause of sud­den fires which gen­er­ate emis­sions if not man­aged prop­erly.

Be’ah has floated in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pri­vate sec­tor to de­velop and es­tab­lish ELT tires pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties as part of be’ah’s strat­egy in sup­port­ing the na­tional econ­omy. ELT can be utilised for the ex­trac­tion of rub­ber, steel, fi­bres and re­claimed into many things such as as­phalt pave­ment. Fur­ther­more, be’ah is sup­port­ing SMEs in the col­lec­tion and trans­porta­tion of ELT in an en­vi­ron­men­tally safe man­ner.

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