Ophir has two major sites for production operations: Bualuang Field offshore in the Gulf of Thailand and the Kerendan Gas Field in central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Neither of these operational sites is in or adjacent to protected areas or areas of high biodiversity value outside of protected areas. Biodiversity risks at both sites have been assessed as part of our Environmental Social Impact Assessment process. In the case of Bualuang, the field is located offshore in 70 metres water depth approximately 90km east of nearest mainland shoreline and 65km northeast of nearest island. There are no protected areas or areas of high biodiversity value in this portion of the Gulf of Thailand.
The Kerendan Gas Field is in an area designated as a production forest by government authorities; there are significant on-going logging and surface mining activities conducted by others within and adjacent to the area of the gas field concession. The nearest protected forested area is located approximately 30-40 km northwest of our operations. As part of the ESIA process, we undertook a biodiversity survey of the area in 2013, including a both desktop review as well as a field inventory of flora and fauna. A total of six species on the IUCN Red List were recorded in the project area: three listed as endangered and three listed as vulnerable. Given the small footprint of our facilities and operations and the active logging and mining in the wider area, we do not believe that our activities have any significant impacts on biodiversity.
For new areas where Ophir undertakes exploration activities, we assess potential biodiversity aspects as part of our planning process for all seismic acquisition or drilling projects.
Ophir has not undertaken any specific efforts to protect or restore natural habitats to enhance biodiversity.