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Tauw activities in Brazil: A reliable partnership with Grupo EPA

Datum: 09-04-2018

Since 2002, Tauw has been cooperating with the Brazilian environmental consultancy Grupo EPA, which has already enabled numerous projects to be implemented in Brazil in the last few years. In order to further expand this successful partnership in the future, Tauw and Grupo EPA have joined forces to establish a consolidated partnership and to offer high quality environmental services all over Brazil.

Having worked for more than 40 years in the field of environmental services, Grupo EPA is one of the most established companies in the Brazilian market. Grupo EPA and Tauw have now joined forces to offer high quality environmental services in Brazil. Since June 2017, Tauw representative Ralf Engelhardt (Tauw Germany) has been based in São Paulo, and will remain there for an estimated period of two years. In close collaboration with Grupo EPA, Ralf is responsible for the coordination of local projects and expanding business development in Brazil.

Successful collaboration
Tauw and Grupo EPA have successfully collaborated in Brazil to develop comprehensive technical services and tailor-made environmental solutions for all kinds of industries. Together, we provide our clients with in-depth knowledge and support across the entire field of soil, water and environmental management.

The Tauw-EPA team comprises a large number of highly skilled employees with long-term experience in all fields of environmental consultancy. We know the Brazilian market thoroughly and apply international expertise in local contexts.

An overview over our Brazilian services
We are specialized in Soil & Groundwater (Soil and Groundwater Investigations, Remediation Planning & Execution, Groundwater and Contaminant Transport Models), Environmental Services (Environmental Fieldwork, Air Dispersion Studies, Site Closure Management, Environmental licensing, Water Management & Water Risk Assessment, Contaminated Sediments) and Environmental Due Diligence (Phase I and II Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessment).

We implement a combination of state of the art and innovative remediation technologies, including: large diameter drilling for contaminated soil excavation, In-Situ Thermal Remediation, In-Situ Chemical Oxidation, and microbiological approaches.

Reference project: Continental
Continental commissioned Tauw for long-term projects for its subsidiary in Brazil. Investigation activities as well as remediation of soil and groundwater contamination started in the late 1990s.

Continental Automotive do Brasil is located in the municipality of Várzea Paulista. It has several sites which are contaminated with volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons (VOCl) and hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) to a depth of up to 150 m below grade. Tauw is the project manager and planner for this remediation project. The remediation is being carried out under the supervision of Tauw and Grupo EPA.

After thorough investigation, we came up with a complex remediation plan comprising various technical approaches to the contaminated soil, groundwater, and soil vapor.

Current activities comprise groundwater abstraction and purification, multiphase extraction and excavation of contaminated soil. We monitor the project continuously using different modelling tools. And we apply innovative remediation approaches when appropriate under cost-benefit aspects.