Awards 2019

Supporting nature during construction project: Omniplast’s PVC floating island

IA19_Pict_Omniplast_Floating Island detailHelping preserve a natural ecosystem during tunnel construction under the Scheur River near the Dutch port of Rotterdam, Omniplast made PVC-U piping for a large temporary pontoon to support reed beds for local wildlife. A floating island made-to-order.

Based on the preconditions of the request, such as carrying capacity, we made the calculations for the PVC-U and defined the correct pipe diametre,” says Dennis Van de Wal, Omniplast Commercial Manager. The reeds are to be restored after the construction is completed.

The pontoon is 800 metres long and 10 metres wide, with piping 250 mm in diametre. “Our lightweight multi-later piping is ideal for this project,” says Dennis.

The pontoon is one example of Omniplast’s multi-faceted operations, making piping for agriculture, greenhouse horticulture, irrigation, water treatment, residential construction and other purposes. Their motto on their website is: “When every drop counts“.

Omniplast says its pipes can last 100 years, all in-house production, with circular economy in mind. Their video notes how they grind up their production waste and reuse it.