Sharjah Cement Factory, Shurooq-Besix's Qatra ink Al Saja'a deal

Refinery's dry sludge to substitute charcoal power for Sharjah cement firm; treated water byproduct to support landscaping

Sharjah Cement Factory will use reused materials [representational image].
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Sharjah Cement Factory will use reused materials [representational image].

Qatra Water Solutions, a joint venture of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Besix Group, has signed a reuse agreement with Sharjah Cement Factory to provide dry sludge – which can be used as a substitute to charcoal for fueling purposes at its cement production factory – and treated water for landscaping and irrigation purposes, from Al Saja’a Bio Refinery as part of its ambition to reuse all byproducts at the refinery.

The agreement is expected to help both firms contribute to Sharjah’s infrastructure to boost environmental efficiency by reducing the effects of sludge landfilling and emissions.

Commenting on the partnership, Qatra’s general manager, Gurvan Dersel, said: “We are delighted to partner with Sharjah Cement Factory, a division of Sharjah Cement & Industrial Development Co, as they are an intimate link in the circular economy model.

“We are keen to develop complimentary partnerships such as these which have the potential to significantly reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and support sustainable development.”

General manager of Sharjah Cement & Industrial Development Co, Pravinchandra Batavia, added: “The two products being supplied by Qatra are of excellent quality and a great viable alternative to charcoal and conventional water.

“We are pleased to have entered in this alliance with Qatra, allowing us to together make a positive contribution towards the Emirate of Sharjah.”

Qatra’s establishment was formalized in July 2018, and the firm is tasked with managing and expanding wastewater treatment capacities in Sharjah’s long-term plan to drive sustainability, the firm said in a statement.

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