Muscat – Omani Environment Services Holding Company – be’ah – and Oman Cement Company on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to use Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) as an alternative fuel for cement manufacturing.
The signing took place during the Oman Sustainability Week, which is underway at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and will continue till March 16. The MoU was signed by Eng Tariq Ali al Amri, CEO of be’ah, and Eng Salem Abdullah al Hajri, CEO of Oman Cement Company.
The signing of the memorandum is in line with be’ah’s strategy to divert municipal solid waste from landfills through sustainable waste management practices and material and energy recovery applications in a bid to increase in-country value and reduce landfilling.
The project will utilise an additional alternative fuel in the cement manufacturing process, replacing natural gas, and increase cement production.
Refuse-Derived Fuel is produced utilising municipal solid waste, consisting of different streams of waste, including non-recyclable plastic and paper waste, wood chips and sawdust, and other mixed combustible waste.
be’ah also signed a research agreement with Sohar University to develop a database on the amount of waste generated in Oman.
The agreement was signed by Kumail Ahmed al Lawati, be’ah’s Vice President for Business Development and Prof Hamza Idris, Sohar University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
As per this agreement, the research team at Sohar University will be tasked with developing a database for electrical and electronic devices in homes, companies, commercial buildings, and industrial areas and dismantling the waste devices.
The team will also determine the amount of this type of waste in Oman and identify current disposal methods in order to facilitate the establishment of an effective system for managing electrical and electronic equipment waste and support the development of the recycling sector.