Old tyres to be used as ‘fuel’, thanks to pact

The tyres will be used along with nat­u­ral gas as fuel and help in man­u­fac­tur­ing ce­ment

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MUS­CAT: Old and out-of-use tyres will soon be used as an “al­ter­na­tive fuel” and meet en­ergy needs, it has been re­vealed.

The tyres will be used along with nat­u­ral gas as fuel and aid in man­u­fac­tur­ing ce­ment.

The ven­ture is be­ing made pos­si­ble be­cause of a pact between en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices com­pany, Be’ah, and Oman Ce­ment Com­pany (OCC).

“Oman En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Hold­ing Com­pany SAOC Be’ah and OCC have 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 Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of Be’ah, En­gi­neer Tariq Ali Al Amri, and En­gi­neer Salim Ab­dul­lah Al Ha­jri, CEO of OCC.

“The MoU for­malises the scope of col­lab­o­ra­tion between Be’ah and OCC to utilise end-of-life tyres (ELT) as an al­ter­na­tive fuel (along with nat­u­ral gas) in OCC’s kiln to pro­duce ce­ment,” an of­fi­cial state­ment by Be’ah said.

Al Amri said: “This agree­ment re­flects Be’ah’s strat­egy in waste di­ver­sion and pro­mot­ing a 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.”

Tyre De­rived Fuel

Sim­i­larly, OCC is look­ing to di­ver­sify and utilise more ef­fi­cient sources of en­ergy and re­duce re­liance on nat­u­ral gas. Al Ha­jri said: “The project will meet OCC’s plans for di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of en­ergy sources by us­ing Tyre De­rived Fuel (TDF) and other waste as a fuel source in ce­ment kilns, lead­ing to sev­eral ben­e­fits such as pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, and sav­ing en­ergy.”

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

WASTE MAN­AGE­MENT: The agree­ment was signed by the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Be’ah, En­gi­neer Tariq Ali Al Amri, and En­gi­neer Salim Ab­dul­lah Al Ha­jri, CEO of OCC.

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