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