BP Spiecapag – Entrepose Group

Sector: Oil and gas
Equipment: A900 Rocket Composter

The backstory

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) transports natural gas from Azerbaijan at the Caspian Sea – traversing through Greece, Albania, and under the Adriatic Sea to Italy, to bolster supplies of gas to South East Europe.

Along the TAP’s 845-mile pipeline, there are construction camps in the various countries – operated by the French engineering company, Spiecapag Entrepose Group.

These stations house the workers who oversee the installation of the 48-inch-wide pipes being installed. And two of these camps in Albania, Camp Korche – which is 900m above sea level – and Camp Corovode, at 400m, house 200-400 employees at any one time.

The challenge

The sites generate between 150 and 300kg of food waste per day – including lots of vegetable matter from preparation of locally available fresh foods. However, there are no local facilities in Albania that can process or recycle these organise waste streams.

In addition, the process of laying pipelines involves a lot of earthworks – and disturbance of the environment is a natural by-product of this. Therefore, the engineers are also tasked with helping to rectify any disruption, so as not to leave future generations with an eyesore of scarred land.

The solution

As part of the waste management strategy for the site, it was stipulated that contractors must develop facilities and processes to allow the recycling or re-use of as many materials as possible.

As a result, Spiecapag contacted the team here at Tidy Planet to discuss the best solution for its needs.

In a bid to help the gas pipeline to boost the sustainability and close the loop on its food wastage, we recommended an A900 Rocket Composter at each of the camps – which uses shredded wood from tree felling to complement the high vegetable matter of its food waste.

After 14 days in the in-vessel composting machine, the workers then have access to a nutrient-rich compost medium, which they can use as part of the restoration of the land surrounding the pipeline.