Energean applies the precautionary principle, supporting international initiatives, in order to minimize its environmental impact. All employees are encouraged to act in an environmentally responsible manner while training is offered systematically by the company for raising awareness on current and new environmental issues.
Energean recognizes the importance of understanding the impact of its activities on the environment and therefore is developing environmental programs for the continuous improvement of our Environmental Management System aiming to achieve accreditation to international standards and best practices.
Our environmental concern is addressed throughout our value chain and we make investments to reduce our carbon footprint and waste and to promote energy and water efficiency.
Oil, tourism and environment can co-exist
Prinos oil field, operated by Energean Oil Gas, has produced over 115 million barrels of oil. Since 2009, four Jack Up rigs have been engaged in significantly sophisticated operations and “Energean Force” have been acquired and drilling, under an investment of over 300 million dollars. Energean’s workforce has demonstrated in the most convincing way that a heavy industrial activity may be perfectly compatible with the everyday social activity even in the most demanding natural environment.
Oil produced in Prinos has a high sulfur content (about 3.5%) and gas containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) above 50%, which is the largest internationally. In addition to high standards of health and safety of workers and facilities, according to DNV-GL principals, Energean Oil & Gas environmental concern accompanied by notable performance. Under the most stringent environmental requirements and licenses, the company manages the production of hydrocarbons, separating oil from gas and gas from water. Through a processing unit and process which fully complies with the applicable legislation and international regulations (MARPOL 73/78), everyday 2,400 cubic meters perfectly pure water end up in the sea.
In land-based facilities of Nea Karvali, connected via pipelines to maritime installations, H2S is separated from the oil and the gas, while a special unit converts H2S into sulfur/ brimstone in liquid form, which can be further used by other industries, such as Phosphorous Fertilizer Industry. Natural gas is used to cover the energy needs for steam and/or electricity, while special concern is given to the processing and management of liquid and solid waste.
The emissions are limited to sulphur dioxide (SO2) with flow of less than 1 tonne per day. The 12 regional stations that measure the total sulfation of air, in the wider area of the Prefecture of Kavala and Thassos Island, record concentrations that never exceed 0.1 mg SO2 per day per 100 square centimetres of soil surface with acceptable limit of 0.5. Regarding the European Trading System (ETS), the verified carbon emissions of Energean Oil Gas during 2015 were 31.044 tonnes of CO2 while the EU Allowances according to the 3rd phase of the ETS for 2014 were 56.387 tonnes of CO2.
The company has formed specific emergency response procedures, such as handling oil spills, by implementing a specific and approved plan. Energean has appropriately trained staff, suitable and sufficient equipment (boats, booms, oil spill collectors, chemical solvent, modern absorbent materials etc.) for combating oil contamination of the sea. Equipment and design are suitable for combating oil spills by possible leaking underwater pipeline, tanker, non-controlled functional abnormality of the production platforms or equipment from a foreign source and cause that has nothing to do with the oil facilities and production processes.
However, throughout the history of the production process for 35 years, no pollution incident has occurred. The excellent condition of the rich flora and fauna of the region is proven by the regular visits of the seals at the Prinos platforms- and the seals are famous for their selectiveness for clear waters.
It should be noted that, during the 3D seismic survey conducted by Energean in summer of 2015, the MMO’s (Marine Mammals Observers) recorded appearances of three different dolphin species as well as of sperm whales in the Gulf of Kavala.
The company’s infrastructure producing and processing oil & natural gas are very close to Thasos Island, an exceptionally beautiful touristic destination. For all these years, the industrial activity and the touristic infrastructure coexist successfully, while at the same time, in the Gulf of Kavala, tourists are enjoying the sea, the 3rd largest Fish Market in the country operates with the backdrop of the rigs and the city’s harbor regularly hosting a steadily increasing number of cruise ships.
Energean Oil & Gas has expanded its exploration with significant investments, originally estimated at 50 million euros, in Ioannina and Katakolon. These areas are analogues to Italy and Albania, with proven reserves or even production; at the same time they are both highly environmental sensitive areas, either because of the natural beauty or the increased tourist activity.
In Ioannina, there are many species of protected fauna and flora, while the exploration phase is particularly difficult due to the specific nature of the soil. Besides perfectly skilled and experienced scientific staff, Energean always considers as a key element the assistance/ collaboration from local human resources aware of the particularities of the region and the local community.
In Katakolon, will be applied the same drilling method as in Egypt, two kilometers away from the tourist resort of El Gouna, thus, onshore extended reach drilling, within the area of the sewage installations and towards the sea, without disturbing the environment nor the residents or tourists.
More than 90 wells have been successfully drilled in Prinos and Egypt. The experience and know-how of the company guarantee the sustainable development in any environment that Energean Oil & Gas operates.