At the end of October 2018, two ships collided with one another off the coast of Corsica, resulting in a fuel tank leak  . Part of the oil spill could be captured in the Mediterranean Sea but another considerable part washed ashore onto the beaches of Saint-Tropez. Thirty-seven beaches at the Cote d'Azur had to be closed. A genuine environmental disaster ... and one that needed the expertise of  Envisan.

The combination of our expertise and high-end equipment ensured we could offer the ideal circular solution in response to this environmental disaster.  For this environmental disaster in Saint-Tropez, we made use of our soil and sediment treatment centre in La Seyne-sur-Mer, near Toulon. This recently built Soil and Sediment Washing Plant delivers a tailored solution where the polluted sand is subjected to a physical/chemical treatment: where every polluted fraction is physically separated, washed and – if the client so wishes – re-used. Together with the local environment authorities we are currently examining whether it is possible to re-use the purified sand to replenish the excavated and polluted beaches.

If reuse permission is given, we will really have come full circle. Another fine example of how Envisan embraces the circular economy. It’s what Envisan stands for. It’s the future.

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