Being World Class with Greener Operational Excellence
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.
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.
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