For CPEM, near Toulon, in full Centre de Production d’Eco-Matériaux, 2016 was the first complete business year. Lilian Rahyr, head of this treatment centre, sketches an overall picture: “In the past year, we’ve treated about 30,000 tonnes of soils and sediments. The bulk of it comes from contaminated sites nearby or from local marinas.”

The idea that (contaminated) sediments can be treated and be given a new destination is relatively new in France: “So far, sediments are mostly being dumped.”

2017 had an excellent start with the allocation of a huge project. Lilian Rahyr: “The Principality of Monaco wants to expand its territory with almost 15 acres of land by reclaiming a site from the sea. Jan De Nul will execute all dredging works, Envisan – through CPEM – acts as subcontractor, together they are a logical and coherent unit. No less than 60,000 m³ will come our way, this is more than the volume for the whole of 2016. The challenge now is to process this in a mere two months. It is in many ways a prestigious project that will no doubt generate new opportunities in the future.”

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