Creative Enhancement At Work
Innovative sustainability practices
Our construction contractor is also committed to creating a sustainable future, so, together, we were able to implement various extremely positive sustainability measures during the construction phase, including the following waste-reduction activities:
- To prevent 3,500 tons of sand from crane counterweight containers from being barged to another location, management repurposed the sand elsewhere on the site.
- To avert the need to import quarried material, the contractors crushed and screened the excavated soil on-site.
- To avoid using 10 million gallons of potable water to hydrotest tanks, captured stormwater was used instead
- To reduce the need to use new concrete, waste concrete was recycled to make sign bases and Jersey barriers.
Furthermore, the Monaca site is participating in a waste pilot study to develop waste reduction best practices so that other new Shell facilities around the world will be able to benefit from these learnings.
Enhanced local habitats
As part of the project, we restored and enhanced 60 acres of local wetlands and streams, and will continue to monitor these habitats for five years. Furthermore, the enhanced wetlands could capture and store up to 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year.