PDO, be’ah sign RO17mn waste management deal

Muscat - 

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has signed a waste management contract with Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) with a value of around RO17mn and incorporating a number of green initiatives.

The contract was signed by Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO and Eng Tariq bin Ali al Amri, chief executive officer of be’ah at a special ceremony held in PDO’s Knowledge World venue in Muscat.

The seven-year contract will see be’ah managing non-hazardous waste and waste yards in PDO’s concession area. It will provide service containers with different capacities to separate organic, plastic, paper and other waste at source, in addition to providing regular maintenance and cleaning of the containers.

The agreement will also reduce the amount of waste transferred to the engineered landfill sites for final disposal, according to a press release.

Quantities of organic waste will be converted into fertiliser while other types, such as construction waste, will be used to clean up and close landfill sites in the concession area.

be’ah will also operate and maintain waste collection sites in designated areas, and clean them of all types of accumulated waste.

Restucci said, “We have made a determined effort to reduce our environmental footprint while boosting In-Country Value and this contract is another step in the right direction. Last year, we recycled more than 1,600 tonnes of non-hazardous waste including wood, plastic, metal and cartons and we look forward to further expanding this programme as indeed our partnership with be’ah.”

Amri said, “This pact enhances further co-operation between the two companies in the field of environmental sustainability and conservation. It supports the environmental strategies that PDO has been following throughout the years.”

“Integrated efforts between institutions ensure efficient implementation of strategic goals, which will certainly drive our country’s economic development. This agreement is a first step towards a more detailed plan to recover economic value from waste by recycling it or converting it to energy,” he said.

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