Dubatt Battery Recycling, a joint venture between the Regency Group for Corporate Management LLC and Seashore Group, broke ground on a 70,000-square foot, fully integrated lead acid battery (LAB) recycling plant at Dubai Industrial City.
Spread over a land area of 154,000 sqft and being developed at an investment of AED110 million, the advanced facility will transform used batteries into lead ingots and plastic chips for reuse by battery manufacturers, said the company.
Unveiling the details of Dubatt at a press conference, promoters said the plant is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2023. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, and was held in the presence of delegates from various government entities and VIPs. The guests of honour at the ceremony included Eng. Abdul Majeed Abdul Azeez Saifaie, Director - Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality, and Abdullah Al Mahri, Director, Investments and Stakeholder Management, Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.
”The UAE’s sustainability agenda is catalyzing the rise and expansion of innovative businesses working to reduce our ecological footprint through sustainable solutions. As the region’s leading industrial hub, it is part of our purview to complement these efforts and support our leadership’s vision for a clean future by providing enabling infrastructure and framework that supports the reclamation of hazardous materials like lead and plastic into reusable products,” said Saud Abu Al Shawareb. “We are thrilled to welcome Dubatt Battery Recycling to our growing roster of cutting-edge recycling plants that will serve as a beacon of green technology and pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future in the region."
“Dubatt is an inspirational investment from the UAE Circular Economy Policy and Sustainability Goals. The project has been launched under the patronage and approvals from various government entities such as Dubai Municipality, Dubai Environment, Ministry of Industries and Advanced technology and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Upon completion, we will act as an organized recycler and waste management facility for ULA batteries thereby promoting reduction of carbon footprint and climate change,” said Shamsudheen Binmohideen, Chairman of the entity.
The press conference was also addressed by Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of Dubai Economy, Eng. Saeed Alawadi, CEO, Dubai Industries and Exports and Giacomo Civettilo, Founder and Director for SERI Group, Italy.
The Dubatt plant will start with a 10 ton/hour battery breaker, 4 cubic meter smelter and 4 refinery kettles. Initial capacity is to recycle up to 25,000 metric tonnes of ULABS (Used lead acid batteries) annually and produce 14,000 tonnes of lead ingots and 1,750 tonnes of plastic chips which will be sold to battery manufacturers, medical, fishing, and other industrial sectors. This accounts for recycling around 35 per cent of the lead acid battery scrap generated in the UAE, said the company. The plant machinery and technology are provided by FIB SPA, part of SERI Group Italy.
“A study we undertook found that the UAE produces approximately 6,000 metric tons of batteries per month and globally battery scraps are not processed in an environment friendly manner,” said Hasique Pandikadavath, Director of Dubatt. “We aim to enhance the efficient repurposing of batteries by sourcing it from the market, collaborating with major battery traders, scrap traders, car dealerships, garages, and government authorities. We also solicit the support of all relevant stakeholders, the media and the public in contributing to this Green Clean Initiative.”
“Our future plan is to set up a lead acid battery production plant in the next two years as part of our vertical integration and expansion. We intend to produce a `Made in UAE’ brand of batteries soon,” said Binmohideen.
The Group is also looking at a technology partnership with FAAM Italy, a division of SERI Group Italy, for manufacturing new advanced lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles and other applications. Dubatt’s technology partner is SERI SRL.