We recognise and appreciate that protecting the environment is a fundamental expectation for all activities and operations Ophir undertakes.

We take a precautionary approach to our business activities and to the extent possible, we avoid creating negative impacts on the environment and biodiversity. If they cannot be avoided, we take all reasonable steps to mitigate and/or remedy the negative environmental impacts associated with our activities.

Environment results

Environmental responsibility at Ophir is governed by our HSE Policies and accomplished through our HSE Management System, as well as through compliance with extensive governmental and lender requirements.

With the start-up of the Kerendan Gas Processing Facility (KGPF) in Indonesia, we now have two ongoing operating assets where we closely monitor air emissions, waste generated, discharges and inadvertent releases. The metrics table shows our performance on Group-wide environmental Key Performance Indicators for 2015 and 2016.

Notable successes are:

  • we continued to operate incident-free in 2016 in terms of significant spills or other loss of containment events
  • all produced water at the Bualuang field continued to be re-injected and at KGPF, it is being stored for future re-injection
  • our Group-wide energy intensity – energy used per unit of production (calculated for the first time this year) – is in line with the average for E&P companies worldwide

Environmental expenditures

Our expenditures on environmental matters in 2016 totalled $0.6 million. This includes costs for waste disposal, environmental studies and other environmental management services.

We had no fines in 2016 or non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and no grievances about environmental impacts filed through formal grievance mechanisms.

We were pleased that our HSE efforts in Thailand were recognised by the local regulator. In September 2016, Ophir Thailand (Bualuang Field) received the Award for Excellence in Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Management from the Department of Mineral Fuels of the Ministry of Energy (DMF).

Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)

An Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) was prepared in early 2015 ahead of our 3D acquisition survey in Myanmar. This was performed by the Risk, Society & Environment department of Artelia in order to allow the environmental authorities of Myanmar to determine how the 3D acquisition project would affect the environment and existing socio-economic activities.

This IEE can be viewed here.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Ophir Myanmar (Block AD-3) Limited (Ophir Myanmar) is currently proposing to drill one exploration well (Aung Sakyar) during 2017 in Block AD-3. As per the Myanmar Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure, this Project requires an EIA and an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC).

The EIA, which includes an EMP, has been submitted for approval in December 2016.  The document is attached here.