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28. March 2007

MALAYSIA: Tyre recycling plant ready soon

Source: Daily "The Star", Kuala Lumpur

Octagon Consolidated Bhd’s associate company Advanced
Pyrotech Sdn Bhd (APT) expects revenue of about US$10
million from its soon-to-be operational RM110 million
continuous process pyrolysis plant in Pulau Indah,
Selangor in the year ending Dec 31, 2008.

Octagon executive director Siti Fatimah Mohd Shariff
said the revenue would be mainly from a seven-year
contract it had secured from a South Korean company.

She said the plant, which would be operational early
next year, would recycle 43,800 tonnes of waste tyre
per annum, producing about 21,900 tonnes of recovered
oil, 13,140 tonnes of carbon black and 4,380 tonnes of
steel. The oil and carbon black are mainly for export.

“The oil and carbon black are fetching US$255 per
tonne and US$305 per tonne respectively,” she told a
media briefing.

The pyrolysis plant, which will utilise South Korean
technology, is believed to be world’s first commercial
120-tonne per day continuous process pyrolysis plant
for treating waste tyre.

APT chief executive officer Jonathan Lee said the
company built the Pulau Indah plant after successfully
operating its prototype plant in Sunway Damansara
Technology Park. Lee said APT would initially process
imported used tyre chips.

The company, he said, would work with the Government
towards regulating a tyre disposal and collection
system as well developing transfer stations before
processing domestic tyres.

APT is a 51:49 joint venture between Octagon and K.K.
Incinerator Eng. & Const. (M) Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned
subsidiary of South Korea’s K.K Incinerator
Engineering & Construction Co Ltd.

K. K. Incinerator Engineering is involved in the
provision of environmental engineering solutions
including incineration, water treatment, pyrolysis,
flue gas treatment, energy plant and related system
design software.

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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