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Strategic Waste Management

BMT Cordah worked for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) in the design and implementation of their Environmental Management System.

SPDC contracted BMT, in partnership with African Oilfield Services (AOS), to prepare a 10-Year Corporate Waste Management Masterplan, 2008 - 2018.  

The Masterplan was prepared following numerous site visits to existing waste management infrastructure, review of SPDC’s latest Corporate Business Plan, review of historical data associated with waste volumes and workshop-based discussions with SPDC staff.

Implementation of this Masterplan wwould permit SPDC to reduce its expenditure upon waste management, generate private sector investment and meet both legal and corporate obligations connected to new government standards and regulation.

BMT recommended that in the future SPDC pay for the treatment/disposal of waste using a “pay per tonne” approach rather than the existing “pay per infrastructure” system with ownership of waste infrastructure facilities gradually divested to the private sector. 

An important part of the project was the creation of a waste forecasting model, taking the existing situation and designing a ‘simple-as-possible’, Excel-based system that could easily be updated with future information by SPDC staff.

For the purpose of the forecasting model Waste Growth Factors were used so that the percentage increase in specific types of waste could be predicted from increases/decreases in various types of activity (drilling, operations, etc.)

BMT also recommended the creation of a Community Environmental Enterprise Development (CEED) fund. 

The CEED fund shall encourage applications from individual companies who can demonstrate innovative approaches to waste avoidance and facilitate onward recycling services.  Such activities place the principals of SD into a commercial context, that has financial benefits for both SPDC and our wider stakeholders.

The Masterplan prepared by BMT provides SPDC with a technical and commercial framework to work towards their goal of continuous improvement, alongside enhanced levels of community involvement.

The overall result of the CEED fund will be to effectively provide financial assistance to innovate schemes for the recycling and re-use of non-hazardous types of waste generated from SPDC’s operations.