Oman completes privatisation of waste management
Oman is nearing completion for the modernisation of its waste management operations, including a transfer of the existing national infrastructure to international operators
Oman is nearing completion for the modernisation of its waste management operations, including a transfer of the existing national infrastructure to international operators.The Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be’ah) is close to completing the transfer of waste management operations in each of its 11 governorates to international operators, said a statement from the Oxford Business Group (OBG).According to Times of Oman, the move is part of a waste management plan that aims to modernise and restructure the handling, treatment and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and expand the country’s capacity for recycling and waste-based energy generation.The companies that have been awarded contracts include Spain’s Urbasar, which is currently working for the Al Batinah South governorate; Dubai-headquartered Averda, which won the contract to manage Dakhiliyah and Dhofar; and a joint venture between Oman’s Al Ramooz and France’s Veolia for operations in Al Dhahirah and Buraimi.
Al Batinah North and Musandam will be operated by a consortium between Oman’s Khimji Ramdas, the United Arab Emirates’ Imdaad and India’s Ramky Enviro Engineers.
South Al Sharqiyah has been awarded to Suma from Portugal.
Part of the handover process includes a move by Be’ah to permanently close all of the country’s 317 dumpsites, which have been deemed environmentally and hygienically unsuitable.
The dumpsites will then be replaced by 10 to 11 engineered landfill sites and 18 to 25 transfer stations.
According to Mohammed Sulaiman Al Harthy, executive vice president for Strategic Development at Be’ah, over 220 dumpsites have been closed, with the remainder set for closure by early 2019.