Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at PTTEP
At PTTEP we are committed to creating positive impacts in our biodiversity and ecosystem services and we confidently believe that we can play an important role in preventing loss within their systems as well as a role in restoring biodiversity and wildlife habitats on a large scale to improve overall ecosystem health. In fact, management of our biodiversity and ecosystem services remains one of the fundamental elements in the Company's G.R.O.W.T.H. Policy, and the Sustainability Development (SD) Guideline.
In order to ensure that our expectations in the SD Guideline are adhered to, PTTEP developed its Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Management Guideline, which is in line with "A Guide to Developing Biodiversity Action Plans for the Oil and Gas Sector" produced by IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association). This guideline has already been implemented across all of PTTEP operational sites.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Risk Assessment
In addition to conducting environmental impact assessments for all projects, PTTEP also initiated a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) to be implemented for projects that could potentially pose high level impacts on biodiversity within their immediate operating areas. This BAP is an internationally recognized program addressing threatened species and habitats and is designed to protect and restore biological systems. However, as no project posed any high biodiversity and ecosystem services risks in 2016, PTTEP willingly followed a mitigation hierarchy and developed a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for any project that posed a medium risk to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In addition, as a matter of standard practice, PTTEP also continually conducts biodiversity and ecosystem services management training for PTTEP staff who work in biodiversity and ecosystem services in sensitive areas, such as the area where the Zawtika project is located, in order to create increased awareness of biodiversity and ecosystem services management.
Marine Survey and Training Project
The objective of PTTEP marine survey and training project was to conduct research surveys on fisheries resources and the marine environment in the Central Gulf of Thailand. Performed on board the research vessel SEAFDEC over 33 days from 14th March to 12nd April 2013, the project was opened to researchers, as well as to students in related fields, thus providing vital learning opportunities to those with experience in using survey equipment in the field. A collaborative project between a number of related research institutes and organizations, PTTEP and the project participants expect that the research and survey results will enable our management to utilize the nation’s natural resources in the Gulf of Thailand in an even more effective and sustainable manner.
Biodiversity Study Under the Production Platform of Bongkot Project, Arthit Project and B6/27 Project
PTTEP in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Science, Burapha University, Thailand, developed a biodiversity study project in the sea under PTTEP production platforms (Bongkot Project, Arthit Project and B6/27 Project in the Gulf of Thailand). With the objective of developing a new marine biodiversity database, it is believed that with this new database environmental management at our operational sites will become even more effective. The marine biodiversity data will be useful for petroleum production and decommissioning phase.
Development of ROV for Marine Diversity and Environmental Study
PTTEP in association with the Training Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/TD), King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) and the Institute of Marine Science of Burapha University jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for the marine environment and a marine habitat survey. This project underscores the environmentally friendly petroleum exploration and production practices at PTTEP's wellhead platforms. It is worthwhile to note as well that this cooperation marks the first time ever in Thailand that an ROV has been developed for an environmental purpose. In 2016, the ROV was launched to survey the artificial reef at Rayong province and at other locations in the Gulf of Thailand. PTTEP’s expectation is that this ROV will be able to support research or surveys for marine resources that is much safer than traditional diving. This approach is also special because it has real time monitoring capability. In 2017 PTTEP has employed this same ROV to monitor biodiversity and the marine environment under PTTEP offshore platforms and at PTTEP artificial reef project.
Marine Habitat Atlas, North West Australia
PTTEP Australasia has supported, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and has developed the marine habitat Atlas to make marine monitoring data more accessible to the wider community. North West Atlas is a web based platform that displays information about the coral reefs and shoals in the Timor Sea that AIMS has extensively studied on behalf of PTTEP Australasia.
Atlas features interactive maps with interesting information, photos and videos of the coral reefs and shoals in PTTEP Australasia of operation area as well as regular articles and a twitter feed. Considerable interest in Atlas has already been expressed by the Australian scientific community, and it is anticipated that information will be added to Atlas by other sources. The website can be accessed at North West Atlas.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Peer-to-Peer training workshop
In 2016, for the first time in Thailand, PTTEP organized a workshop on biodiversity and ecosystem services management for the petroleum industry. The workshop was prepared in cooperation with the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), and the United Nations Environmental Program-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) in November 2016. Attended by more than 50 participants, the workshop was developed by IPIECA to build a learning network among experts and personnel in the oil and gas industry whose roles and direct responsibilities lie in the areas of the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity.