The prerequisite for setting up a robust industrial waste management infrastructure is to look at the immediate challenges at hand and Incorporate solutions based on future projections while considering the economical and environmental effects as well as human health. Industrial waste is defined as any waste resulting from an industrial process. This includes waste generated in the oil and gas sector, from manufacturing processes and from energy/ power and water production activities etc. The waste stream can be either hazardous or non-hazardous. Industrial waste is categorised as hazardous if it causes or poses a threat to a person or the environment due to its physical, chemical or biological nature and mostly constitutes oil, chemical substances as well as compounds listed as hazardous by the government.
Industrial Waste Infrastructure
be’'ah, having partnered with leading sustainability and environmental bodies across the world, remains in a continuous state of research and up gradation. Like its policies, be'’ah'’s hazardous waste management infrastructure is designed and implemented in a manner that keeps the population'’s and the environment'’s best interests ahead. At the core of every solution is sustainability. be'’ah is implementing sustainable solutions
for treating industrial hazardous waste. The strategy involves establishing:
1. Integrated Hazardous Waste Handling and Treatment Facility in North Batinah
This facility will consist of an incineration plant, a physical and chemical treatment unit, a solidification unit, several landfills to cater to different
requirements, and pre-treatment and storage units. This facility is designed to treat oil and chemical waste. The project’'s timeline has been envisaged in a way that the operations are rolled out in a phased manner.
2. Hazardous Waste Handling Facility in Duqm
Together with the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD), be’'ah has finished work on a hazardous waste landfill as well as a storage facility in Duqm. The waste handling facility is designed for both, municipal and industrial waste. The landfill can accept inorganic industrial waste with the highest values defined in the landfill acceptance criteria. The facility also includes a storage and handling area for industrial organic waste destined for incineration and industrial waste needing further treatment before landfill disposal. The facility began operations in mid-2019. Studies are also under way to assess the requirements in Dhofar and of the oil fields to find a sustainable solution for the waste generated.
Striving for Excellence: Industrial Waste Operations
The control of the movement of industrial and hazardous waste streams is extremely important to avoid dumping of waste leading to environmental problems for nature, wildlife and future generations. For the tracking of waste streams be’'ah has created an online manifest system that tracks the movement of the waste from the waste generator to be’'ah'’s treatment sites. In addition to tracking the waste, the manifest also ensures that every waste stream is reviewed by be'’ah'’s competent team of chemists, a process that ensures that the waste streams are handled and treated in the correct manner. The manifest also supports the economical development by making it possible for SME’s to transport the waste in a controlled manner. be’'ah intends to support the development of several small and medium enterprises by further strengthening the knowledge and awareness of transporting industrial and hazardous waste by educating drivers and logistic personnel, thus contributing towards empowering local human resources to develop their businesses.