Sustainable solution for Embraport
At the end of 2013, TenCate Geosynthetics received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for the application of TenCate Geotube® technology in the construction of the Embraport Container and Fuel Bulk Terminal in the port of Santos.
The Embraport Container and Fuel Bulk Terminal is built on the northern shore of the port of Santos (Brazil). As it is located in a tidal area, it would have been necessary to import large volumes of select fill to create a platform of sufficient elevation.
The sediment sampling process had revealed that the beds of the planned access channel and turning basin were overlaid with 600,000 cubic metres of contaminated sediments. This would increase not only the required investment but also the construction period.
The project owner went in search of creative alternatives that were more cost-efficient than the traditional technological solutions. TenCate Geosynthetics and Allonda (representative of TenCate in Brazil) proposed the utilization of TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology, which would enable the contaminated sludge to be contained, filtered and dewatered, and leave the bed sediment clean and suitable for the construction of the platform.
The application of this technology realised savings of US$ 50 million. Furthermore, not only could the project be completed within the set time frame, but all applicable environmental regulations were also satisfied.