The Sultanate of Oman has launched its first ever recycling facility to process used lead acid batteries in Muscat.
Worth $13m (OMR5m), the facility in Al Rusayl Industrial Estate has a capacity of approximately 5,443 tonnes (6,000 tons) of batteries.
Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah al-Hassani, chairman of Arab Lead Company (ALC), said the factory would process materials such as lead and sulfuric acid.
In the first phase, the factory will produce and sell lead in local and foreign markets.
Eng Yasser Asad, general manager of ALC, said that in the second phase, the factory would process lead to purify it for sale across the sultanate.
Second-phase works would be implemented in cooperation with Oman Environment Services Holding Company (Be'ah).
Eng Mohammed bin Sulaiman al-Harthy, executive vice president for strategic development at Be'ah, said the factory would control emissions from the processing of hazardous materials as well.
Batteries and cables would be areas of focus for the factory, which would pivot its primary business towards the sultanate, and export any surplus to its regional neighbours, ONA reported.