Protecting and maintaining the environment is paramount at all of our operations and we are constantly seeking ways to minimise the environmental impact of our activities, reduce waste, conserve resources and respect biodiversity.
Before commencing any operational activities Ophir conducts thorough risks assessments and, based on rigorous legal and industry best practice procedures, assessing every potential environmental risk. Following the risk assessments, effective mitigation measures and procedures are designed, agreed and implemented. Mitigations will include, where appropriate, comprehensive oil spill response facilities delivered in conjunction with Oil Spill Response Limited, an industry leader in this field of expertise.
Local environment engagement processes are a key part of Ophir’s companywide HSE management system, whereby before initiating any operational activity, in addition to engaging with local stakeholders, we conduct comprehensive and integrated Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). These EIAs are routinely scrutinised by local government agencies and NGOs before finally gaining approvals ahead of commencing works.
Ophir’s emissions data is collected from every location where we operate. Where actual, measured data is not available, estimates are made. The measuring system is defined in the Ophir Health and Safety Environmental Management System (HSEMS). The reporting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is also an obligatory requirement of the UK government. In jurisdictions where we do not operate, but are a partner, Ophir does not report these data.
We use the following reporting criteria (all reporting is done by converting collected data into equivalent tonnes of Co2):
|Office energy||Calculated average annual electricity use from actual invoices for all office locations|
|Ground transport||For office locations, collected data for actual fuel used for office vehicles|
|Exploration / Production||For our on and offshore operations, calculated diesel use rate which includes drilling rigs, helicopter support, seismic vessels and various PSVs (service boats) for each country with operational activities|
|Air transport||Estimated total number of long haul passenger flights annually, booked and paid for by Ophir Energy (includes employees and contractors)|
All aspects of our environmental performance are monitored during operations and then finally, when operations are completed, the findings are reported back to local agencies to ensure transparency and compliance. In addition Ophir is now reporting comprehensive emissions data based on the criteria above to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) under the requirements of receiving a Reserve Based Loan (RBL) and investment from the IFC. In addition to GHG emissions the IFC also requires data on water usage both for operations in the field and in our offices. For transparency the IFC publishes the reports from Ophir / Salamander on their website: www.ifc.org
Our performance and commitment to the environment is monitored and evaluated during our Corporate Responsibility Committee meetings, which take place a minimum of twice annually, or as the Chairman of the Committee shall require. The Committee reviews our emissions data and sets the terms of reference for reporting criteria related to the environment. The Committee members are all Non-Executive.
Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)
An Initial Environmental Examintation (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.