Be’ah pact: Ex­pired tyres to drive ce­ment pro­duc­tion

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

With the aim of con­vert­ing ex­pired tyres to fuel that can be used in ce­ment pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tions, the Oman En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Hold­ing Com­pany (Be’ah) has signed an agree­ment with Oman Ce­ment Com­pany.

As per the pact which was signed at Oman Ce­ment head­quar­ters, Be’ah will sup­ply ex­pired tyres.

The agree­ment was signed by Eng Tariq bin Ali al Amri, CEO of Be’ah, and Eng Salem bin Ab­dul­lah al Ha­jri, CEO of Oman Ce­ment Com­pany.

With re­gard to the ob­jec­tives of the agree­ment, Eng Amri said, “This agree­ment seeks to achieve Be’ah’s strat­egy by adopt­ing prac­tices that en­sure sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment, as well as, re­in­forc­ing the cir­cu­lar econ­omy by mak­ing the most from the ma­te­ri­als that are re­quired to be dis­posed, and by re­cov­er­ing their value whether in en­ergy pro­duc­tion, or ex­tract­ing raw ma­te­ri­als and find­ing added value.”

He em­pha­sised that the move tar­gets con­serv­ing and sus­tain­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Eng Ha­jri said, “This agree­ment will achieve our strate­gic goals with re­gard to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of en­ergy sources and the use of other sources to con­vert fuel that will be used for ce­ment pro­duc­tion.”

Eng Ha­jri added that the agree­ment will con­trib­ute to the na­tional econ­omy and pro­vide busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for small and medium en­ter­prises through the pro­duc­tion and trans­porta­tion of fuel from engi­neered land­fills to the ce­ment fac­tory, where ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 tonnes of ex­pired tyres will be pro­cessed an­nu­ally.

“The project in­cludes pos­i­tive di­men­sions in terms of us­ing tyres as an al­ter­na­tive fuel and thus pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of the sul­tanate.”

Oman Ce­ment Com­pany has worked in co­op­er­a­tion with Be’ah dur­ing the past two years to study ways of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two com­pa­nies to take ad­van­tage of waste as an al­ter­na­tive fuel for nat­u­ral gas that is cur­rently used in the ce­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing fur­naces at its fac­tory which is lo­cated in Mus­cat.

The study proved that ex­pired tyres are the best and the most suited waste stream for this pur­pose, and the eas­i­est in terms of han­dling.

The study also con­cluded that the fac­tory sys­tems are ready to deal with gas emis­sions re­sult­ing from tyre burn­ing op­er­a­tions with­out any dam­age to the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Sev­eral pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures too have been pro­posed keep­ing in mind the safety and se­cu­rity of the en­vi­ron­ment.

(Sup­plied photo)

Eng Tariq bin Amri (left) and Eng Salem al Ha­jri

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