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Al Amerat landfill is the first engineered sanitary landfill in Oman which is completed and ready for operations. Being the first of its kind in the country, this sanitary landfill is expected to be an example for the future sanitary landfills throughout the Sultanate. The landfill site as designed consists of 5 cells with a total capacity of 10 million m3 and a life span period for about 3-4 years for phase 1 . The expansion for the second cell will be done in the next phase in 2011.
The industrial port of Sohar is house to some of the leading industries in the Sultanate. They are the main generator of hazardous waste in Sohar. The government constructed Al Batinah Temporary Hazardous Waste Facility for to store these hazardous wastes, including liquid and solid until the National Hazardous Waste Facility at Adam is operational. The first consignment of waste was received on 27 Jul 2010 at the temporary facility. The expansion of the facility will be carried out in 2011 to cope with increasing industrial activities in the region.
Barka waste disposal site is about 80 km away from the city of Muscat and serves the whole Wilayate and neighboring Wilayates of the south Al-Batinah region. Considering the level of complexity of the existing dump site in Barka along with its environmental and social hazards; the need for an engineered landfill become one the most important project that need to be expedite. A new engineered landfill will be constructed in Barka to replace the existing dumpsite. Tendering process will commence as early as Q4 2010.
Design, construction and operation of Dhofar Medical Waste facility will be tendered in early 2011.
The Governorate of Dhofar is in the far south of the Sultanate and borders on the Wusta Region the east, the Arabian Sea to the south, the Republic of Yemen to the west and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the north and north-west. The total area of Dhofar is approximately one third of the Sultanate area (110,000 sq.km). The waste management service is provided in the governorate through the Dhofar municipality and its local municipalities in the 10 wilayats. Dhofar Governorate with a total population of 273,052 generated about 189,530 tonnes of waste per year.
The Dhofar Integrated Waste Management project will examine the technical, financial, environmental and other critical aspects of the current Solid Waste Management practices in the Dhofar governorate in order to develop a new Integrated Solid Waste Management System that will include pre-collection, collection including street cleaning, transportation, transfer stations, waste treatment Plant, safe disposal of waste through controlled sanitary landfills, and/or any other economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally approved disposal method. The project will be ready for tender in 2011.
Duqm will be the next hive of economic activities with plans to create a major new city in the Al Wusta region that will serve as an administrative, industrial and commercial centre. Major infrastructures to attract economic activities includes the development of schools, hospital, airport, seaport, drydock plus the amenities necessary to attract companies, service providers and people to what will be an important centre for continuing the development and diversification of the Sultanate’s economy.
OESHCO has proposed the development of an integrated waste management solution to cater for the municipal solid waste, hazardous waste and healthcare waste. This solution will include the entire value chain in waste management from collection, transportation, segregation, treatment to final disposal. However, to cater for the immediate need of managing construction waste, municipality solid waste from the workers and hazardous waste from Oman Drydock, OESHCO will construct a temporary storage facility to cater for the hazardous waste and an engineered landfill with a waste transfer station. The project is expected to commence in 2011.
The worn-out tyres in Oman are increasing due to the increased numbers of vehicles and drivers annually. According to ROP data (Traffic Statistics, 2009), the numbers of registered cars in Oman in 2009 was 755,937 and is increasing by 7.5% annually. Such percentage will bring-about numerous tyres that, after sometimes, cannot be used any more. These kinds of tyres are very useful national resources that should be properly managed not to be dumped at landfill. A feasibility study to determine the most suitable system to recycle and dispose of used tyres will be commissioned in Q4 2010.
There are about 350 dumpsites throughout Oman which are used to dispose the annual 1.4 million tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste. These landfill sites pose numerous health and environment hazards as most are build to support rapid urbanization without conforming to any form of standards.
OESHCO over a period of coming 5 years will construct 16 new engineered landfills, 65 Waste Transfer Stations and 4 Waste Treatment Plants to handle the proper disposal of waste in the Sultanate. This will be the first step towards restructuring the waste management sector in Oman.
The National Healthcare Waste Management Plan outlines the need to manage the proper disposal of waste from medical establishment. A feasibility study on healthcare waste management in Oman followed by a pilot project to develop integrated health care waste management in the Sultanate of Oman will be carried out in Q4 2010.
The quantity of electrical and electronic equipments imported during last five years according to the statistics issued by the Directorate General of Customs, Royal Oman Police, has shown considerably increasing trend by 44% in 2008 (38,519.60 tonnes) compared to 2004 (21,727.90 tonnes). The increasing trend can be attributed to the growing affluence of the population and rapid urbanization in the sultanate.
OESHCO will develop comprehensive studies on electrical and electronic waste in Oman and to seek approval for fees in order to introduce the polluters/producers pay concept. This option will extend the responsibility of manufactures, retailers, and consumers to share the cost of treatment, recycling, and disposing of E-Waste. This will be followed by a Pilot Project to develop an Integrated Sustainable Waste Management for E-Waste in the Sultanate of Oman.
The Sultanate of Oman has a growing industry based on the rich natural mineral resources. In the industrial processes residues of hazardous nature occur that need to be properly treated and safely disposed of. In the recent years a substantial stockpile of waste has been collected in the various industrial installations and in separate storage areas. For the stored waste materials and for the continuously generated hazardous waste, a proper system of hazardous waste management has to be developed and implemented.
Accordingly, a nationwide hazardous waste management system is to be designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained in such a way that current and future generation of Hazardous Waste can be treated and disposed of in an appropriate and safe manner. This plan is being implemented as part of a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) type contract with the Government and under the purview of OESHCo. The tender for this project has been floated by the Government Tender Board in Jan 2010.
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