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Bahrain\ s Taha wins Oman aluminium dross contract.

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Bahrain's Taha International Corporation has been awarded the dross management contract with Oman Aluminium Rolling Company's (OARC) plant currently under construction in Sohar, Gulf News Daily reports.

Taha's new facility in Oman comes following a similar installation for Rio Tinto's Pacific Aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point in New Zealand, which opened last year.

Dross is a by-product of aluminium smelting and re-melting, which has traditionally been recycled using salts and flux to recover available metal.

"OARC's plant will begin commercial production in August 2013 and represents a significant milestone in Oman's downstream aluminium development," said OARC chief executive Buddy Stemple.


"We're pleased that Taha will provide us with a dross processing system that fits extremely well with OARC's sustainability goals," he added.

While dross residue leftover from the recycling process is typically dumped in landfills, a practice that is now under scrutiny worldwide due to the potentially adverse environmental impact of toxic salts and other contaminants.

Taha's proprietary processing uses no such salts or flux. Instead, the residual dross is refined into non-toxic oxides suitable for numerous downstream applications, including agricultural fertilisers.

"OARC's contract award is another important stepping stone for Taha's cost-effective and environmentally-friendly processing," Taha managing director, Frank Pollmann, said.

"What began here in Bahrain just a few years ago is gaining traction within the global aluminium industry.

"Taha's superior metal recovery along with our commitment to a Zero Waste Solution is a win-win for aluminium cast houses and the environment.

"It makes this Bahrain-bred technology a noteworthy addition in doing what's right for the next generation and beyond," he added.

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Date:Jul 12, 2012
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