The Arab Lead Company (ALC) has launched operations at the first lead-acid battery recycling plant in Oman.
ALC said the $13 million facility, on an industrial estate in the coastal capital of Muscat, will use the latest environmentally-friendly technology to extract and process lead and recycle other components of automotive batteries before returning materials to the supply chain.
The company declined BBB’s request to give details of the project. However, a report posted by ALC on Twitter said the new facility has a processing capacity of up to 6,000 tonnes of batteries annually.
The recycling plant project is backed by Oman’s environment ministry, the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be’ah) and other agencies in the sultanate.
ALC said the facility provides “a near 100% recovery solution” for the safe management of the sultanate’s used lead-acid batteries— which amount to “around one million annually”. Part of that total is currently shipped out of Oman for recycling, but the company said some are also believed to end up in municipal landfills.