Minimising our environmental impacts and protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff, contractors and local communities are of paramount importance to Tullow. They are the cornerstones of our approach to operating responsibly. We recognise that the significant expansion of our production from 2010 onwards, together with a high-impact exploration programme, will increase EHS risks. We are focused on managing potential risks through in-depth impact assessments, strong operational control and effective risk management.
In 2009, Tullow enhanced its EHS strategy to ensure sound governance of environmental and social considerations in all our operations. The successful implementation of this strategy is linked to early engagement in project development and covers the following key areas:
- Assessment of both primary, secondary and cumulative impacts of new projects through independent ESIA, together with implementation and review of operational controls throughout the project lifecycle;
- Identification and engagement of all stakeholders and partners to share information and ensure timely inclusion of environmental, social, biodiversity and sustainability considerations during the project planning phase;
- Use of ESIA results and stakeholder consultation outcomes to inform sustainable environmental and community development; and
- Monitoring and reporting on our activities while seeking continual improvement and innovation in the way we monitor impacts and develop mitigation plans.
The special feature on the Jubilee ESIA (PDF 0.70MB) is a good illustration of how this strategy works in practice.