Using Portable and Lightweight Flood Protection

Summary

Flooding is a significant risk for many power sector operations and typical flood protection structures such as levees are very expensive to build. ConocoPhillips has a flexible strategy in place to use different methods of flood protection, including the temporary and portable flood defense HESCO Concertainer. This less expensive alternative solution consists of lightweight, portable cellular structures made of a welded mesh framework lined with geotextiles, and filled with sand, earth, or gravel. For instance, these units were employed at the Belle Chasse refinery to provide interim flood protection after the Hurricane Katrina.

Key take-away

Solutions to flooding may include relatively inexpensive, simple and flexible measures.

Further reading

Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

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