Many organisations, such as the British Medical Association, European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association, the Royal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway) and Shell Expro, now recognise that a holistic approach is essential to assess total environmental risk. This paper presents a study that has developed a new life-of-field, goal orientated process of analysis called Holistic Environmental Assessment (HEA). HEA assesses the total environmental risk associated with a proposed oil and gas field development. It prioritises environmental risks and identifies cost effective strategies to reduce them. For the first time the process was applied to a real 'case study' field development programme, X Field in UKCS Block 22/12, to test its effectiveness. The application identified that HEA is a useful tool to help design eco-efficient and cost-effective oil and gas field developments. Furthermore, it was discovered that much of the information required by HEA could be obtained in a quick and user-friendly format. The authors propose that HEA would be effective as a software tool to analyse different environmental risk management systems. This would facilitate the identification of a system that steers an operator towards the triple bottom line of Sustainable Development. A guidance document detailing the HEA method and its application is available from the authors.
|Title of host publication||International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Event||SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
Duration: 20 Mar 2002 → 22 Mar 2002
|Conference||SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production|
|Period||20/03/02 → 22/03/02|