Stormwater Basin Remediation/Stabilization

Location: Operating Refinery in Port Arthur, TX
Project Value: $6.7 Million

 

LWR was contracted by a major oil refiner to stabilize impacted soil and previously stabilized sediment in an area formerly occupied by a stormwater retention basin.

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LWR was contracted by a major oil refiner to stabilize impacted soil and previously stabilized sediment in an area formerly occupied by a stormwater retention basin. The basin had been closed under Standard 3 of the TCEQ Risk Reduction Rules beginning in 1994. Besides sludge previously stabilized in situ, the basin also contained sludge and sediment from an Aeration Basin and impacted soils from various other areas of the refinery. The impacted material within the basin was capped with a clay layer, geotextile and limestone rock. This work was completed in 2001. Soft materials placed in the basin eventually created maintenance issues and refinery expansion plans drove the refinery to reclaim this area by removing and treating materials within the basin and berms to meet Standard 2 of TCEQ Risk Reduction Rules.

The initial project scope called for stabilization of 145,000 cubic yards of impacted material from the basin. Stabilization operations on this site utilizing LWRs cold mix pugmill units adding a reagent admixture commenced in late 2007. The efficiency of LWRs process led to an expansion of the project scope as the client delivered additional impacted materials from the refinery property for processing. At the completion of the project in early 2009, LWR had produced 347,000 tons of recycled product that was utilized as select fill for new construction projects at the facility. Recycled product was also utilized by LWR to construct perimeter berms and a cap to close the former basin area in accordance with Standard 2. By reducing the amount of purchased engineered fill from off-site sources, the refinery estimated that the recycled product reduced construction costs by greater than $6MM.

This project is an excellent example of achieving Sustainable Remediation Goals as it reclaimed 12 acres of refinery property for construction. Compared with offsite disposal of the material that was recycled, the project conserved 684,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 280,000 cubic yards of virgin offsite soil. Onsite recycling also eliminated over 3,000,000 trucking miles and 7,600 tons of CO2 emissions associated with offsite options. LWRs ex situ stabilization process consistently produced a recycled material that met Standard 2 Risk Reduction criteria and construction geotechnical objectives. The recycled product became the preferred select fill material for the refineries expansion project civil construction contractors.