Kuwait Contaminated Soil Repository
The Kuwait Contaminated Soil Repository project was part of the major clean-up of oil contaminated soils which were a legacy of the 1991 Iraq war. When retreating from Kuwait, the Iraqi army destroyed hundreds of oil wells contaminating over 25 million cubic metres of soil. Under the auspices of the United Nations, a clean-up programme was initiated which involved a mix of bioremediation, thermal treatment and landfilling. TerraConsult, a wholly owned ByrneLooby company were the lead design engineers for the construction of a 1 million tonne landfill repository, located in the oilfields to the south of Kuwait City. The contract was let by the Kuwait Oil Company under the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme (KERPS) scheme, as a design and build project.
TerraConsult, a wholly owned ByrneLooby company, provided tender support to our D&B client which was successful in the face of stiff international competition. Our role included a site selection study, design and supervision of borehole investigations, environmental monitoring, hydrogeological studies, geotechnical studies, earthworks and landfill engineering design, leachate management design, surface water design, construction supervision and CQA, and preparation of the operational, monitoring and post-closure plans. The work was undertaken in two phases, the first to construct the base of the repository and then following infilling, to cap and restore the site.