StarSun to invest in lead battery recycling plant in Oman

StarSun to invest in lead battery recycling plant in Oman

StarSun to invest in lead battery recycling plant in Oman 404 244 Batteries International

February 22, 2024: India-based StarSun Sohar said on February 18 it had signed a land lease deal to set up a lead battery recycling plant in Oman’s Sohar Freezone.

StarSun said it plans to invest $3 million in the project to recycling around 1,000 tonnes of batteries from the domestic market every month on a 7,000m2 site.

The company has not disclosed the technology it will deploy, but said it intends to also export lead ingots, lead oxide and red lead oxide from the facility to markets including India, China South Korea and several European countries and trade its products on the London Metal Exchange.

The port and freezone is managed by the Sohar Industrial Port Company — a 50-50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.

Port and freezone CEO Omar bin Mahmood Al Mahrizi said the new plant would be the third recycling facility in the freezone. The first two manage and process various hazardous industrial wastes.

Batteries International reported in August 2022 that Royal Gulf Industries, a subsidiary of India-headquartered Hyderabad Castings, was investing around $17 million to build a lead batteries recycling centre in the United Arab Emirates.

The project announcement came five months after Dubatt Battery Recycling — a joint venture between Dubai-based Regency Group and Seashore Group — broke ground for a combined lead acid battery manufacturing plant and recycling facility in the UAE.