Game-changing facility for mercury waste management
• Largest mercury treatment facility in the southern hemisphere opened today by
Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
• Facility eliminates the need to export mercury-contaminated waste from Australia,
fulfilling the Nation’s obligations under the Basel Convention, an international treaty
designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between countries
• Facility is capable of handling all mercury-contaminated waste produced by the
Australian oil and gas sector, now and into the foreseeable future
Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann; Australian Minister for Finance today opened Contract
Resources’ new Gap Ridge Processing Facility.
Located in Karratha, the facility is the largest mercury treatment facility in the southern
hemisphere, capable of the safe treatment of mercury-contaminated waste.
Contract Resources Chief Executive Adam Machon said the Contract Resources facility sets
the international benchmark for best-practice in safe and efficient mercury waste
management and recycling of all elements for alternate use, avoiding 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 Contract Resources’ Gap Ridge Processing
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
Mr Machon said the opening of the facility demonstrates Contract Resources’ commitment to
developing new solutions to challenges faced by the Australian oil and gas industry.
“We are the most experienced mercury-contaminated materials handling contractor
operating in Australia, and are committed to developing innovative, safe and environmentally
compliant, mercury management solutions to ensure the safe treatment and recycling of
mercury related waste.