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Oman – a regional hub for aluminium recycling?

Oman – Oman has the potential to become a major aluminium recycling centre servicing the industry across the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region, an industry leader has told delegates to the ARABAL 2011 conference in Oman.

Frederic Rouyer, the Chief Executive of Oman Aluminium Processing Industries LLC (OAPIL), spoke of huge untapped potential for the creation of a viable aluminium recycling industry in the area. The volume of aluminium scrap produced in the GCC during the downstream process was set to double to an estimated 270 000 tonnes per annum by 2020, he added.

Mr Rouyer told delegates: ‘There is clearly a case for looking to develop a sophisticated aluminium recycling industry here in Oman that could benefit all of the GCC smelters.’ Investing in recycling in Oman would help with direct and indirect job creation for Omani nationals, support long-term sustainability in the region, help with community and social development, and provide fresh education and training opportunities, he went on to say.

OAPIL was established in 2007 and produces 50 000 tonnes of aluminium products per annum, including rod, alloy rod and overhead line conductors. The company has plans for a significant increase in production in the future.

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