Oman opens first lead battery recycling plant

The Oman-based Arab Lead Company announced in November it had opened the country’s first lead battery recycling plant, which has an annual recycling capacity of 5,443 tonnes.

The $13 million facility, in the Al Rusayl Industrial Estate in Muscat, has the capacity to produce lead with a minimum purity of 97% and polypropylene with minimum purity of 95%.

According to the local Muscat Daily newspaper, the factory will produce lead ingots in the first instance, which will be sold to the Oman car manufacturing industry.

Eventually, the factory would work with Be’Ah, the environment services holding company responsible for waste management in the sultanate. It says it has begun collecting waste lead batteries.

The new plant coincides with the privatization of waste management in the sultanate, which will involve the closure of 317 dump sites, according to the newspaper.