Our updated Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was completed and presented to Senegalese Government Officials in November. After their review and a presentation from EDF, the 308 page report received a thumbs up from the regulators.
The EIA work reviewed all aspects of the project from emissions profiles, to safety and the social impacts of the projects. There is a lot to be learned from this process as it was very rigorous and validated the concept that this project would positively affect all three pillars of sustainability.
What was validated for us......
Environmentally - This project takes hydrocarbon based material from the waste stream and recycles them back to oil and diesel. This includes tires, plastics and waste oil. Moving away from open burning of these materials has numerous environmental benefits including:
Reduced emissions from open burning of waste.
Reduced hydrocarbon contamination to the soil through processing in the facility.
Providing a clear alternative to open burning.
Financially - This project has included the town of Nguekokh as equity partners which provides over 40 direct jobs immediately in the operation of the facility. The project has a unique MOU with the town that details roles and responsibilities for both the town and the project company. The indirect obs are also estimated to also be impactful in an area with a very high unemployment rate.
Socially - The EDF team is working with a local technical school to provide on the job training for some of the students. The team is also involved with the community at the primary school level working on projects and improving educational opportunities. The company has been active in the community for over one year conducting meaningful projects such as "48 Hour Clean Up" in the town where we went door to door taking garbage and assisting homeowners. We repaired the towns ambulance that is used to take critical care patients to a hospital in a neighboring town.
Although this is only a small list of the items that were under the scrutiny of the regulators and decision makers during the review of the EIA. It is with much thanks to the consulting team and the team in Senegal that this has been a successful process.
With the manufacturers commissioning engineer to due arrive in the middle of December and Don Neal returning from his early Christmas season break we are looking to have the facility up and running in early 2017.