oman tire recycling

An Omani startup – Al Affia Global Industries – has been granted the license from the national authority for waste management, Be’ah, to accept end-of-life tires for a period of one year.

Oman is generating annually an average of 40,000 tons of end-of-life-tires and aims to find a way to both manage the waste and to start a profit-making industry by recycling the old tires. The company’s goal is to process about 30,000 tons of used tires annually in order to produce rubber crumbs, which will be used in highway construction, artificial turf and in other industries. They are also planning to recycle up to 4,000 tons of high strength steel wires per year in order to manufacture springs for automobile industry and wire fences.

The engineering expert at Al Affia, PT Sivarajan said that Be’ah has already granted them all permissions needed: “The land has been allotted. We are working on fencing it and constructing a fire protected area. We are also setting up access controlled electronic gates. We hope to start work by next month.”

In 2012 Be’ah completed a feasibility study on the Used Tires Recycling Project, which identified the required supply chain for the ELT treatment – including a collection system, primary treatment facilities and rubber-based industries. Be’ah also looked at several challenges that need to be overcome in order to make the old tire recycling industry successful and to ensure the maximum possible in-country value.

In order to manufacture steel products, Sivarajan is intending to base their facility at a free zone in Duqm or Salalah.

According to Muscat Daily Al Affia Global Industries has been granted another approval to start a plastic recycling unit, which is planned to be used for the production of coating or sleeves for the steel wires, generated from the tire recycling project. “We also plan to use the huge stockpile of plastics to manufacture reinforcement bars, to be used in the construction industry” said Sivarajan. Steel or basalt, according to him, are usually used for producing reinforcement rods used in the construction industry. “Plastic bars would provide cost-effective alternative to steel or basalt ones.”

Article source: Muscat Daily