|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Environmental Management System for Oil and Gas Upstream Operations, Design, and Application|
|Authors||Bashat, H.M., Shell Egypt|
SPE Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Conference, 25-27 January 1994, Jakarta, Indonesia
|Copyright||Copyright 1994, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc.|
Quality environmental management requires effective mechanisms and systematic approaches known as environmental management systems. These systems and their importance for ensuring compliance with stated environmental policies and continuous improvement of environmental performance have recently received a world wide recognition.
Being an environmentally responsive operating company, involved in oil and gas upstream activities, Shell Egypt, decided in 1990, to establish its own environmental management system based on its commitment to integrate environmental consideration into its activities and to adopt sustainable development as a policy objective. By 1991 an environmental management system was designed to incorporate three essential elements of quality environmental management; proactivity, life cycle integration and ongoing improvement. The system was completed, documented, adopted and field tested in 1992. In 1993 it was reviewed for compatibility with other environmental activities throughout the full life cycle of oil and gas exploration and production. This paper describes the characteristic features of this system and demonstrates, in general, its compatibility with other environmental management systems and in particular, its specific adaptability to oil and gas exploration and production activities. Successful integration of the system and examples of its implementation are also included to demonstrate its effectiveness in meeting environmental challenges.
It is evident that, for the foreseeable future, energy demands to support the needs of the ever increasing world population will continue to depend largely, on oil and gas resources. Consequently upstream activities, inevitably have to conquer new frontiers to discover and exploit additional reserves in order to fulfill the worldwide increasing demands. These resources, obviously will be in more challenging frontiers and more sensitive environments.
In parallel, the world determination to adopt and support sustainable development approach to meet these challenges has been demonstrated in the RIO-UNCED. This means more pressure will be directed towards environmental protection issues.
Upstream activities, similar to other industry sectors, may have negative impact on the environment, sometimes Causing significant damages. The need for protecting the environment during these activities requires a proactive approach that should be maintained throughout the whole E&P life cycle.
Experience has proved beyond any doubt that policy statements, guide lines, planed programmes and even field procedures cannot alone, bring about effective and sustainable environmental stewardship unless they are controlled by an efficient and proactive management system.
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