BP is working to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impacts wherever we do business
Throughout the life cycle of our projects and operations, we aim to manage environmental impacts and address any related impacts on local communities. We manage the environmental and social impacts of our operations and projects through our operating management system (OMS). This helps our businesses around the world to manage their impacts throughout the entire operational life cycle.
We place the utmost importance on managing the environmental impact of all our activities
In Angola, our principal operations are located offshore, more than 100 kilometres from centres of population. Our health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) policy sets out our aspirations for HSSE performance in our operations. Potential environmental impacts from our activities fall mainly in the following areas:
Waste generation, management and disposal
Hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are produced from floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) operations, rigs and logistics sites.
These include drill cuttings generated when we drill into the seabed to construct a well. Mud or drilling fluids may adhere to the cuttings and when disposed at sea may settle down and deposit on the seabed. The main process discharge from the FPSOs is warm seawater from the cooling system containing traces of chemicals. From time to time, produced water with some oil may also be discharged, depending on the volumes produced and the status of the facilities.
These are generated mainly from the combustion of fuels in power generation for drilling, marine vessels, FPSO operations, fugitive emissions, well clean-up and testing operations.
If an incident occurs and oil or chemicals are released to the environment, those substances have the potential to pollute the waters and land, affecting flora and fauna as well as users who depend on these resources.
This results from vertical seismic profiling carried out during drilling operations and regional seismic surveys during exploration. The noise induced in the water column has the potential to affect marine fauna. Potential effects on marine mammals are of particular concern.
BP South Africa has been a member of The Rose Foundation since its inception in 1995
The formation of the Rose Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that manages the environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil in South Africa. After government withdrew support for the used oil refining industry in April 1994, major lubricant companies took it upon themselves to help protect the environment against the effects of irresponsible dumping and burning of used lubricating oil, by forming and funding The Rose Foundation. Since its inception, Foundation members have invested R75.3 million in collecting used oil, building used oil storage depots, manufacturing used oil mini tanks, and environmental awareness advertising. The Foundation is a unique achievement for the lubricants industry, as the industry players voluntarily formed and financed an organisation to solve an environmental problem. We hope to see lubricant industries in the rest of the world use The Rose Foundation as a model for addressing their own environmental problems.