CDE to supply wet processing equipment for major land remediation effort in Kuwait

Two contaminated soils wash plants will support the clean-up effort of an estimated 114km2 of polluted land

Wet processing specialist CDE in partnership with Gulf Center United Industrial Equipment Co and KAK-LAMOR JV/C, have announced plans to supply two contaminated soils wash plants to support the clean-up effort of an estimated 114km2 of polluted land in Kuwait.

As part of the deal CDE will design and engineer a turnkey wash plant for each of the North Kuwait Excavation, Transportation and Remediation (NKETR Zone 1) and South Kuwait Excavation, Transportation and Remediation (SKETR Zone 1) projects. The two 100t/h and 140t/h solutions will process and remediate the coarse soil fraction to eliminate contaminants and recover high-quality washed construction sand and aggregates suitable for reuse, the company said.

Following the destruction of some 700 oil wells in the early 1990s, approximately 26,000,000m3 of soil was contaminated with crude oil, signalling the launch of one of the most extensive remediation programmes involving the cooperation and expertise of a consortium of international partners.

In mid August 2022, CDE said it surpassed 100m tonnes of diverted waste from landfill and, in early November 2022, authorities said that construction work on Kuwait International Airport had achieved significant headway.

Working alongside industrial and engineering services firm Gulf Center United Industrial Equipment Co., CDE’s longstanding partner in Kuwait, and KAK-LAMOR JV/C, CDE wet processing technology will be utilised for the treatment of up to 800,000 tons of contaminated soil per year.

“The scale and ambition of this remediation programme cannot be understated. It is a true test of our engineering excellence and a demonstration of how robust and effective CDE technology is at processing contaminated soils. This is, however, a field in which CDE has an established track record of success. Every year, our proven solutions process approximately 20 million tons of contaminated material and various streams of construction and demolition waste around the world,” said Ruchin Garg, CDE’s Regional Manager, Middle East & Africa.

In late November 2022, Kuwait’s TEC said its prime tourism and entertainment projects will be complete by mid-2023.

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