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US$475,000 Waste-Oil Processing Plant for Tobago

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has approved a US$475,000 waste-oil processing pilot plant for Tobago. The plant, an atomic vacuum distillation pilot plant, was proposed to the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) by its partner, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRCCaribbean). The facility is intended to minimise environmental hazards and return economic benefit to the landscape, a release from the Division of Infrastructure said.

“It is to facilitate collection, storage, treatment and re-refining of waste lubricating oil into a high yield, high quality and environmentally safe base oil product for reuse in the market,” the division added.

The plant, a pilot-scaled model would be one of over 20 similar-sized plants deployed globally to treat with smaller rates of waste oil generation like that of Tobago’s approximately 1,000 litres daily rate. The unit can be up-scaled to re-refine up to 75,000 litres per day, using a semicontinuous process.