Almost €23 million has been spent by the CLH Group on research, development and innovation projects.
Of these projects, one comprises the design and implementation of new energy optimisation techniques to reduce energy consumption when moving oil products through the pipeline and to cut down on CO2 emissions deriving from these activities.
A global investigation of consumption figures was carried out, including an analysis of the different fuel flows and routes through the pipeline network. The data was then incorporated in a new mathematical model to make it possible to schedule pumping in a more efficient and optimised manner.
A second project is the analysis of new biological techniques for the environmental recovery of land affected by hydrocarbons.
The company has analysed the development of new ways of cleaning land associated with the bioremediation technique, based on promoting the development of fuel-degrading microorganisms, which offer benefits such as reduced consumption and acoustic impact and lower emissions.
Both of these projects have obtained qualification and approval from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology.
Additional projects include the design of a new SCADA system for its pipeline network, improvements in loading areas and a new facility control centre.