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QATAR QUARRY COMPANY

“WE BELIEVE WE CAN BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST AGGREGATE COMPANIES IN THE WORLD WITH OUR RECYCLING OPERATIONS.”

Mr. Kutty. “It took two long years working with local authorities to get recycled aggregates specified for unbound materials and concrete – although to date it still hasn't been specified for asphalt. Now we have managed to get through that, even getting into construction specification, but still many project designers have inhibitions. They are suspicious about the quality. It is taking us time to convince clients.” The company also faces the unusual hurdle of having to pay higher royalties. Unlike many parts of the world where tax exemptions are used to encourage environmentally friendly behavior such as recycling,

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local laws mean Qatar Quarry are currently paying three to four times the amount in royalties compared to companies tapping primary reserves. This has been taken in the company's stride. “With the benefit of hindsight, I can say that in the short term it was not profitable, definitely not,” says Mr. Kutty. “Instead we approached this more like an R&D project to see how things work. This country is going through a huge upgrade, while at the same time primary rock sources are depleting. There will be big problems if everything needs to be imported because the ports are already

jammed. I can see recycling as the future not least because the aggregate is closer so haulage costs are lower. It is the future but the question is who will take the initial risk? Once the market accepts the product then there will be more people entering this business. We see ourselves as doing that hard work.” Concrete and aggregates are reaching a breaking point in Qatar. Large scale importation of primary reserves mean that ships carrying limestone and related materials are facing delays of up to 70 days, making the industry increasingly financially prohibitive. When laying this side-by-side with the fact

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Sustainable Business Magazine EMEA 02/16  

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