The Industrial Waste Sector deals with waste arising from household, commercial, industrial, agricultural or any other activities, which due to its nature, composition, quantity or any other reason is hazardous or potentially hazardous to human health, plants, animals, air, soil, or water. This includes oil and chemical substances that can cause diseases as well as special defined hazardous compounds as listed by Government directive. be'ah has developed a National Industrial Waste Management Strategy, which addresses all types of Industrial waste (IW) such as: oil & chemical waste, health care waste (HCW), e-waste (WEEE), lead batteries, end of life vehicles (ELV) etc., in an integrated approach to solve the environmental problem from these type of wastes. The sector has two departments, Industrial (hazardous) Waste (IW) Department and Healthcare Waste (HCW) Department.
be'ah is working towards expediting the establishment of the treatment facilities, which will enable be'ah in providing integrated services as per international environmental standards. Hazardous waste includes all industrial and healthcare waste as well as Lead Acid Batteries and Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment.
The Industrial Hazardous Waste Infrastructure involves setting up the integrated hazardous waste facility in Sohar in a phased manner. This apart be'ah has established a plan to ensure that the ability of Duqum Free Zone to handle and treat the current industrial waste generated will be completed by end of 2016. The plan for the Muscat facility is set to roll out in the third quarter of 2016.
In 2015 there were numerous projects that gained ground. One of the key challenges was to secure sufficient capacity in Liwa THWSF for waste generated from industries located in Sohar Industrial Port Company. Apart from this, activities included obtaining Environmental Permit (E-Permit) for Sohar IWTF, selecting a contractor for Phase 1 Temporary Slag Storage Facility (TSSF), Construction of Phase 2 which includes 3 landfills, solidification plant, organic storage, weighbridges, road fence etc., awarding of PMC tender of Phase 2 to supply, install and commission the solidification plant and tender preparation for HW-consultant for Phase 3 of the IWTF. The strategic plan for treatment of hazardous waste in Oman was implemented by 20% Furthermore, meetings with members from the industry and authorities across Oman was a top priority.
The project timeline is envisaged to roll out in a phased manner. Phase 1 included floating of tenders for Temporary Slag Landfill which has been commissioned by late 2015. Phase 2 included initiating tenders for various projects which will be commissioned by end of 2016. Phase 3 projects have been initiated as well and is to be commissioned by 2019.