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This case study details a quarantine management programme set up by Chevron Australia on Barrow Island, where the largest onshore oilfield in Australia has been situated for more than 45 years. Despite the significant activity, the island’s unique biodiversity remains intact and the ecosystem remains essentially free of exotic plants and animals. This is not due to luck but to a rigorous Quarantine Management System (QMS) – a scalable system that enables fit-for-purpose management seamlessly integrated with existing environmental management systems and corporate management systems.
Esso Highlands Limited (EHL), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has developed a Biodiversity Strategy for its Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas Project (PNG LNG). The project includes gas production and processing facilities, liquefaction and storage facilities, and more than 450 miles of related pipelines. This case study summarises how PNG LNG has and will continue to manage terrestrial biodiversity in its Upstream Project Area.
This case study outlines a successful western gray whale research and monitoring programme, co-sponsored by Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. As part of this effort, a satellite-tagging program was put into place in 2010 to better understand the winter range of the species after their summer and fall feeding period offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia. A tagged whale was followed by satellite for more than four months, giving scientists unique data and insight into the western gray whales’ winter journeys.
Peru LNG operations consist of a 408km natural gas transportation pipeline that traverses many diverse landscapes and ecosystems. This case study explains how a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was developed in order to protect biodiversity during the construction and operation of the pipeline. The BAP was developed utilising a phased approach that started in the early planning stages and will continue through assessment, construction, operations, and closure.
This case study details the work of Maersk Oil Qatar to monitor and protect marine ecology at the Al Shaheen oil field, which with a daily production of around 300,000 barrels per day is the largest offshore oil field in Qatar. Maersk Oil has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Environment in Qatar that will act as an umbrella agreement for conducting biodiversity studies in Qatari waters and promote conservation of marine ecology.
This case study explains the ecosystem mapping project Repsol have undertaken at the Teak-Samaan-Poui (TSP) block located off the southeast coast of Trinidad. Through a partnership with a local university, Repsol are undertaking a series of surveys to map the physical and biological characteristics of the TSP Block. Thus far, the benthic fauna has been mapped, and surveys are ongoing to map the presence and behaviours of marine birds and mammals. These surveys are aimed at mapping the physical and biological characteristics of the marine environment of the TSP Block to be able to differentiate between natural variations and anthropogenic activities.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is one of the most sensitive natural environments where eni operates. Since 2000, eni’s subsidiary Agip Oil Ecuador (AOE) has been operating the Villano field in Block 10, located in an almost untouched area of forest. This case study explains the Villano Biodiversity (VBD) Project, which demonstrated that AOE’s operations are substantially neutral from an ecological point of view, and that the restoration of the impacts of oil activities is feasible, effective and relatively swift. This means that the operating model of avoid and minimise impacts adopted by AOE is effective in achieving No Net Loss of biodiversity.
This document addresses water-related issues associated with the production of ethanol and biodiesel, for which the most significant use of water is in the agricultural production stage.
This document introduces considerations and recommendations for oil and gas development in coastal environments. It highlights key issues for decision-makers and their advisors, project managers and HSE professionals in planning, designing, impact-assessing and managing oil and gas activities in these areas.
A fact sheet from a series developed by IPIECA and OGP to demonstrate the oil and gas industry’s present and future contribution to sustainable development. Prepared in advance of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Meeting the world’s growing energy demands will require many sources. Biofuels could play a part in meeting this demand because of their potential as an economically viable, low emissions transportation fuel.