Our big issues
Why are you working in a National Park in Uganda?
There are a number of protected areas in the exploration blocks where Tullow has interests, including a National Park in Block 1 and Community Reserves in Block 2. These sensitive and highly valued areas present unique challenges in minimising the impact that operations have on wildlife, tourism, fisheries and cultural land use. We are committed to applying the highest standards of environmental protection and use our global experience to ensure we minimise our impact. In addition, we are subject to Ugandan law which contains environmental safeguards and has the power to issue penalties for any damage caused.
How experienced is Tullow's EHS team?
At a Group level our EHS team has combined experience of over 150 years and we also have highly experienced in-country EHS teams. Across Tullow, EHS experience exists in a variety of functions, for example our drilling engineers have a wealth of drilling specific EHS experience. The growth in our employee numbers in recent years also means that we are constantly enhancing EHS knowledge and experience throughout the organisation.
What is Tullow's view on flaring?
Flaring is generally avoided, however it is used in certain circumstances such as the disposal of gas during the testing of exploratory wells, to manage minor amounts of gas inventory in production operations systems or to dispose of gas in remote or technically challenging cases, where the gas cannot be used locally as a power source. Our intention as the operator is to avoid flaring other than for specified scenarios such as to maintain safe conditions, facility depressurisation or during activities such as process start-up, restart or maintenance. No continuous flaring during normal operations is planned in Ghana. Where we have a licence interest but are not the operator, we seek to engage with our partners to minimise flaring in the course of normal operations.