Our structured crisis and emergency management plan enables us to make a quick and effective response to an emergency that could escalate into a crisis which could adversely affect the image and reputation of the Company. This plan caters for activities including field operations, drilling, seismic activities and all projects in addition to activities in the existing fields. The plan is periodically reviewed and practiced with drills and exercises. Emergency drills are mandatory for oil and gas, exploration, and production operations. This is also a requirement under the Oil & Gas (Safety in Drilling and Production) Regulations.
PROCESS SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Process Safety Management focuses on preventing fires, explosions and accidental chemical (hydrocarbons) releases in and around the process areas. This year HAZOP studies of three plants (Sujawal, Zarghun, Halini Fields) have been successfully completed. This activity will provide an opportunity to control the unmitigated risks and make MPCL a safer work place for its personnel.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Ensuring health and safety requires both the Management and the employees to be actively involved and committed to HSE Policy. In MPCL this has been achieved by ensuring management control, effective co-operation of employees and their safety representatives, by establishing an effective safety communication system, achieving co-ordination of activities and ensuring the competence of all employees. Risk assessment methods were used to establish priorities and objectives for eliminating hazards and reducing risks.
The following Health and Safety initiatives were undertaken in operational activities: HAZOP and operational studies; fire management; incident investigation and reporting; air emission monitoring; job safety analysis; health risk assessments; malaria and dengue prevention campaigns; HSE plans for operational activities; project risk assessments and task risk assessments; road safety management; water quality monitoring; noise and ambient air monitoring; HSE audits and inspections; heat stress management centers; and annual medical checkups of all employees.
TREE PLANTATION & DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN AREAS
Every year a Tree Plantation Campaign is undertaken by MPCL which involves all management staff right from the top. Tree plantation is carried out not only in the Head Office premises but at all sites. Orchards have been developed at Daharki, Sindh and Baleli, Balochistan. All sites have been instructed to develop green areas. Saplings of trees have also been distributed to the Management staff for plantation at their houses.
ENERGY CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY
MPCL is very conscious of energy conservation by controlling the wasteful use of energy. It has consistently been moving to energy-efficient facilities and appliances. MPCL’s new Head Office building is considered to be the most energy efficient building in the Country. The design, materials and facilities have been selected on the basis of energy efficiency.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES
Environmental protection measures adopted by MPCL included the following:
- A PEPA approved agency was hired to observe air emissions from power generators and vehicles. All NEQS were met during the evaluation.
- Environmental risk assessments were carried out for all E&P activities with strong emphasis on waste management.
- Environmental management plans were implemented at all locations. To ensure strict compliance, environmental audits were carried out and monthly reporting was done to all provincial EPAs.
- Plantation campaigns were initiated at all locations.
- Concrete bases were constructed for all type of oil/ chemical storage.
- HSE trainings were given to staff on emergency oil spill control and effective use of oil spill kits.
- Instrument Gas Package (IGP) was made functional for fuel gas of gas operated generators and compressors, resulting in lowering in Genset’s stack emissions.
- Solarization of fields and community infrastructures was undertaken in remote areas.
EFFORTS MADE TO MITIGATE THE ADVERSE IMPACT OF INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS/WASTE
MPCL follows National Environment Quality Standards (NEQS) for disposal of liquid effluents for compliance with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency’s (PEPA) guidelines.
Domestic Effluents: Sewage is disposed-off into septic system comprising of septic tanks and soak pits.
Oily Wastewater: The produced water is disposedoff either through evaporation in ponds/pits lined with impermeable liners or it is flared along with the gas at the flare pits. For the purpose of environmental assessment, both methods are considered environmentally acceptable provided that they are designed and implemented appropriately to minimize adverse environmental impact. Evaporation pits are built at a distance of greater than 500 meters from local water wells or any perennial surface water source (as per PEPA Guidelines).