A local energy services provider has completed restoration projects to help coastal ecosystems.
In late 2021, Danos completed four coastal restoration projects in south Louisiana on behalf of Shell Pipeline Company.
They say the work will provide shoreline protection through a combination of customized 3D printed modules, nicknamed "Cajun Coral," and advanced satellite image monitoring with partner Natrx, Inc.
The project designs and installation procedures were tailored to local site conditions in order to enhance biodiversity and shoreline stability.
"Louisiana's coast is vital to our industry and our environment," said Paul Danos, CEO of Danos. "Using technology to help restore the ecosystem is one way Danos is living our purpose of solving big challenges for our customers and our communities."
"We value Danos and Natrx's support in bringing innovative, nature-based projects to life which serve both objectives, enabling important sustainability benefits, including wetland conservation and oyster creation, while protecting our pipeline infrastructure," said Greg Mouras, general manager operations, Shell Pipeline Company.
In partnership with Natrx, Danos managed the project on behalf of Shell, including designing the technical drawings and installation plans. Danos' construction team then completed the infrastructure fabrication and aided in installation on-site, in the marshes of Terrebonne Parish, a release states.
Danos says that they and Natrx team developed the concept of "Cajun Coral," a solution that combats erosion while providing ongoing resilience through the growth of oysters and marsh.
Officials say the structures were optimized to allow a controlled flow of water to pass which, in turn, provides a healthy new habitat for oysters. As water flows through the barrier, oysters are nourished and sediments are deposited that encourage new marsh growth, support marine life and provide protection that grows stronger and more resilient over time.
"The partnership with Danos and Shell Pipeline Company has created new techniques for adaptive management of natural systems in south Louisiana," said Natrx CEO Leonard Nelson. "We look forward to continuing our joint work to facilitate effective, nature-based solutions and to quantify the benefits such as biodiversity, vegetation health and natural carbon sequestration."
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