• Biodiversity and Sensitive Areas Impact Prevention Along Project Lifecycle Through the Application of the Mitigation Hierarchy

    This presentation in English is from the 2020 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability. Our archived 2020-21 event content is now available free to SPE members!

    • Paper Number: SPE-199510-MS
    • Published: 20 July 2020
    • Authors: Marco Pelucchi; Jason Sali; Laura Consalvi; Paola Maria Pedroni

    Effective minimization of environmental footprint can be achieved through the timely and systematic application of innovative approaches such as the Mitigation Hierarchy (MH) along O&G project lifecycle. Innovative and collaborative approaches are necessary to effectively communicate or build capacity on company science-based BES management practices.

    Early E&P phases correspond with the best opportunity to identify BES priorities and apply the preventive steps of the MH. During the development phase, a suite of GIS-based tools and BES assessments provide a supportive framework to apply the MH in concept selection, definition and execution. Subsequently in the operational phase, action plans are used to ensure the delivery and iterative evaluation of impact mitigation and the continuous improvement of BES performance.

    Through practical examples spanning different phases of the project lifecycle and sites located in biodiversity rich and sensitive areas, this paper presentation will illustrate how challenges can be overcome starting from early exploration phase (evaluation of new ventures), in project development (design and construction), and during production. We will also reflect on the contribution of the MH to value creation from operations in sensitive areas.

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  • Biodiversity and Sensitive Areas Impact Prevention Along Project Lifecycle Through the Application of the Mitigation Hierarchy