Takes Golden Gecko

Pilbara News - - Business -

award has al­lowed us to show­case some of the industry-lead­ing work we have un­der­taken on our Aus­tralian projects to min­imise our en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts and con­serve the unique val­ues of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate,” he said.

“Mi­cro-tun­nelling of this size and ap­pli­ca­tion had not been used in our com­pany and as far as we are aware, in the oil and gas industry be­fore.

“As a re­sult of our suc­cess, industry now has an­other so­lu­tion for large-bore pipe­line cross­ings in fu­ture de­vel­op­ment projects and the com­mu­nity has an ex­am­ple of resources de­vel­op­ments suc­cess­fully ex­e­cuted in sen­si­tive phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ments.”

Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum En­vi­ron­ment ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr Phil Gorey said the project stood out.

“Chevron in­ves­ti­gated five op­tions for a shore cross­ing and chose the one with the low­est en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, even though it was the most ex­pen­sive choice,” he said.

“Their com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­cel­lence was ev­i­dent from the level of as­sess­ment and en­gage­ment un­der­taken dur­ing the project’s de­vel­op­ment. Mon­i­tor­ing un­der­taken on the Ash­bur­ton River Delta demon­strated ex­cel­lent en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes with no ground dis­tur­bance and an in­crease in the num­ber of ma­ture man­grove trees ad­ja­cent to the tun­nel cor­ri­dor.

“Other ex­cel­lent en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives in­cluded us­ing biodegrad­able hy­draulic oils, not us­ing chem­i­cals for the last 50m of tun­nelling, re-us­ing all tun­nel spoil, re­cy­cling al­most all re­cy­clable waste, and for­mally recog­nis­ing in­di­vid­u­als who im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness of the project through an award pro­gram ini­tia­tive.”

Pic­ture: Chevron

Chevron was the win­ner of this year’s Golden Gecko Award.

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