New mercury treatment plant to eliminate contaminated exports

One of the largest mercury treatment facilities in the southern hemisphere has opened and will eliminate the need to export mercury-contaminated waste from Australia.

Located in Karratha, Western Australia, the Contract Resources’ Gap Ridge Processing Facility is capable of handling all mercury contaminated waste produced by Australia’s oil and gas sector into the foreseeable future.

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It also fulfils the Australia’s obligations under the Basel Convention, an international treaty designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between countries.

Contract Resources Chief Executive Adam Machon said the facility sets the international benchmark for best-practice in safe and efficient mercury waste management and recycling of all elements for alternate use. He says it helps avoid the need for mercury contaminated landfill or further processing, as required by other technologies.

“Through combining the world’s best practice processing technologies and Contract Resources’ 30 years of industry experience, the facility has set a new benchmark globally for the safe treatment, recycling and processing of domestic and export-destined mercury contaminated waste from the oil and gas sector,” Mr Machon said.

“The export of mercury contaminated waste has always and continues to concern us, due to the risks of the combination of road, rail and shipping transport, loss of the custody chain and recent high-profile cases of mercury waste being dumped illegally overseas,” he said.

Mr Machon said the opening of the facility demonstrates Contract Resources’ commitment to developing innovative, safe and environmentally complaint, mercury waste management solutions to ensure the safe treatment and recycling of mercury related waste.

Contract Resources to build oil and gas waste facility

A $20 million oil and gas waste processing facility will be built in Western Australia’s city of Karratha in the Pilbara region.

The West Australian reported Contract Resources, owned by Bapcor, will build the plant to process and recycle waste by-products which are removed from the oil and gas production stream.

In an Australian-first, the plant will be built using world-leading technology from Econ Industries of Germany.

It will have the capacity to process up to 2000 tonnes of waste a year.

Contract Resources chief executive Ivor Ferguson told The West Australian the process involved extracting heavy metals and oils, which were then recycled.

The remaining purified waste was disposed of at a normal landfill site.

Mr Ferguson said the plant, to be operating by early next year, offered a viable solution for producers who now put most of their hazardous waste in long-term storage.

“Contract Resources was well placed to provide the waste services, having undertaken industrial services, including decontamination of oil and gas equipment, for many years,” he said.

The plant will employ about 20 people when fully operational.