Be­ing World Class with Greener Op­er­a­tional Ex­cel­lence

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Front Page - Writ­ten by: Chonchi­nee Amawatana, Ph. D.

At Chevron, one of our core val­ues is to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain the way we do busi­ness to achieve our Op­er­a­tional Ex­cel­lence Vi­sion “to be the global en­ergy com­pany most ad­mired for its peo­ple, part­ner­ship and per­for­mance”. The Chevron Thai­land Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion, Ltd. has op­er­ated for more than 50 years in the King­dom of Thai­land fo­cus­ing on health en­vi­ron­ment and safety man­age­ment sys­tems, re­li­a­bil­ity and ef­fi­ciency in ef­forts to achieve world- class per­for­mance in our op­er­a­tions. While sup­ply­ing the en­ergy re­sources to sup­port our na­tion’s needs, we con­tinue to el­e­vate our en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of green tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, so­cial in­vest­ment, and com­mu­nity part­ner­ship.

DE­TECT­ING LEAKS

Of the many en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment pro­grams to sup­port green op­er­a­tions and tech­nolo­gies to pro­tect the earth, Chevron Thai­land has launched a pro- ac­tive pro­gram, Leak De­tec­tion and Re­pair ( LDAR), which is aimed to de­tect un­planned leaks at the source and en­sure early re­sponse to pre­vent a ma­jor re­lease event. This pro­gram is not only ben­e­fi­cial to cur­tail air emis­sions to the at­mos­phere, but it also re­duces po­ten­tial emission ex­po­sures to our em­ploy­ees’ op­er­at­ing and main­tain­ing the fa­cil­i­ties.

How to de­tect leaks? An in­frared imag­ing cam­era is be­ing uti­lized to de­tect hy­dro­car­bon emis­sions from the equip­ment that are in­vis­i­ble to the naked eyes. The cam­era is por­ta­ble, easy to op­er­ate, ca­pa­ble of rapidly scan­ning large ar­eas, and pro­vides real- time im­ages of hy­dro­car­bon emis­sions.

The LDAR Pro­gram is a best prac­tice be­ing im­ple­mented in the United States and Europe. Once a leak is dis­cov­ered, it will be re­ported and re­paired in an ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proach. Over years of im­ple­men­ta­tion, the Pro­gram has helped in re­duc­ing emission leaks at source and we con­tinue to mon­i­tor our fa­cil­i­ties, as where we are able to im­prove our en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

PRO­DUCED WA­TER IN­JEC­TION

Another green in­vest­ment that Chevron ini­ti­ated in the Gulf of Thai­land is “Pro­duced Wa­ter In­jec­tion”. Wa­ter is sep­a­rated from oil and gas in the first stage of pro­cess­ing of the hy­dro­car­bon. Shift­ing to the new and ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion, Chevron Thai­land man­ages the pro­duced wa­ter by in­ject­ing it back into a de­pleted reser­voir. This pos­i­tively con­trib­utes to the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment. In ad­di­tion, by in­ject­ing pro­duced wa­ter back into the reser­voir, we can in­crease the pres­sure of the reser­voir and stim­u­late oil re­cov­ery up from the ex­ist­ing reser­voir for pro­duc­tion. We pro­mote this prac­tice by shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to the govern­ment and other op­er­a­tors, and the ap­proach is cur­rently be­ing adopted through­out Thai­land off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try.

For many decades of op­er­a­tion, we have con­ducted our busi­ness in a so­cially and eth­i­cally re­spon­si­ble man­ner. We have a long his­tory of part­ner­ship with public, govern­ment, non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, and oth­ers in ef­forts of pro­duc­ing fu­ture in­ge­nu­ity for en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion pro­grams. Chevron Thai­land has also in­vested in ini­tia­tives that sup­port, strengthen and im­prove the com­mu­ni­ties where we work. They are:

THE POWER OF HU­MAN EN­ERGY: A JOUR­NEY IN­SPIRED BY THE KING PRO­JECT

Chevron Thai­land to­gether with the In­sti­tute of Suf­fi­cient Econ­omy and the Agri-

Na­ture Foun­da­tion ini­ti­ated a cam­paign for the public to learn the “Suf­fi­ciency Econ­omy Phi­los­o­phy” in man­ag­ing and con­serv­ing up­stream wa­ter sources, soil and for­est, which are key to sus­tain­abil­ity in the preven­tion of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, floods and droughts. The ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded build­ing earthen dikes, dig­ging ir­ri­ga­tion ponds, build­ing check dams and plant­ing trees. To a large ex­tent, tree plan­ta­tion and re­for­esta­tion sup­ports the re­duc­tion in car­bon foot­print which mit­i­gates against cli­mate change by re­mov­ing car­bon diox­ide from the at­mos­phere.

MOOR­ING BUOY AN­CHORS PRO­JECT

In part­ner­ship with the Ex­cel­lence Cen­ter for Bio­di­ver­sity of Penin­su­lar Thai­land, the Fac­ulty of Sci­ence, Prince of Songkhla Univer­sity, Chevron Thai­land sup­ported a Moor­ing Buoy An­chors Pro­ject that aims to pre­vent de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of co­ral reefs from an­chor­ing by de­ploy­ing 120 moor­ing buoys to iden­tify safe lo­ca­tions for ves­sels that wish to moor near co­ral reefs, which are im­por­tant habi­tats for ma­rine species and pop­u­lar tourism sites.

MA­RINE ECOL­OGY CAMP PRO­JECT

Since 1992, Chevron Thai­land has sup­ported Walailak Univer­sity in host­ing a Ma­rine Ecol­ogy Camp at the Phuket Ma­rine Bi­o­log­i­cal Cen­tre. The main ob­jec­tive of this pro­ject is to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion of Thai youth by of­fer­ing com­pre­hen­sive study of ma­rine ecol­ogy in­clud­ing class­room lec­tures, lab­o­ra­tory works and field trips to learn about eco­log­i­cal sys­tems at dif­fer­ent types of beaches, co­ral reefs and man­grove forests. Many stu­dents who joined the camps were in­spired and mo­ti­vated to be­come re­searchers and lec­tur­ers on Ma­rine Sci­ence.

MAN­GROVE PLAN­TA­TION

Ev­ery year, Chevron Thai­land re­in­forces our com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and im­prove­ment of qual­ity of life for many com­mu­ni­ties by pro­mot­ing man­grove plan­ta­tion and re­duc­ing man­grove for­est de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. Man­groves are a key to pro­tect the shore­line from big waves; en­hance fish nurs­eries and homes for sev­eral species of plants and an­i­mals; and be­ing an im­por­tant source of nutri­tion for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. For ev- ery tree that we planted through our ef­forts and en­ergy, we will gain greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for pre­vent­ing de­for­esta­tion and con­tin­u­ally pro­mote pro­tect­ing our forests to sus­tain lo­cal ecosys­tems and the en­vi­ron­ment. To date, Chevron Thai­land em­ploy­ees and fam­ily vol­un­teers have planted 60,000 man­grove trees.

Aware­ness of the im­por­tance of green con­cepts con­tin­ues to be a top pri­or­ity for Chevron Thai­land and other oil and gas op­er­a­tors work­ing in part­ner­ship with govern­ment reg­u­la­tors and com­mu­ni­ties for the last few decades. We con­tinue to lead and ini­ti­ate our green po­si­tions tar­geted at min­i­miz­ing po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts and con­tinue to share our knowl­edge and best prac­tices with in­dus­try and busi­ness part­ners. Chevron Thai­land’s en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tem strives for world class per­for­mance in meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing lo­cal reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments and in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices. Our core value is be­ing a leader in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

Chonchi­nee Amawatana, Ph. D. is En­vi­ron­men­tal Spe­cial­ist at Chevron Thai­land Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion. She can be con­tacted at chonchi­nee@ chevron. com

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