Environmental impacts may arise at all stages of oil and gas activities, including initial exploration, production and final decommissioning. There is a broad range of environmental concerns including those relating to oil discharges from routine operations, the use and discharge of chemicals, accidental spills, drill cuttings, atmospheric emissions, light and noise, and the placement of installations and pipelines on the sea bed. The main pressures on the marine environment from oil and gas activities include operational and accidental discharges of chemicals, crude oil and produced water containing substances such as oil components, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl phenols and heavy metals.
The Merchant Shipping Act and the various IMO Conventions for the Protection of the Marine Environment against Pollution Resulting from Exploration, Exploitation and Storage of oil and gas in Nigeria, obliges the oil and gas companies to perform a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for activities as oil and gas exploration. This should include, among other aspects, a description of the initial state of the environment of the area and a description of the foreseeable direct or indirect short and long-term effects of the proposed activities on the environment, including fauna, flora and the ecological balance
The adequacy of the existing regulatory regime to assure the environmental safety of offshore drilling (as distinct from worker or occupational safety) has come under a great deal of scrutiny since most oil and gas offshore infrastructure are deployed without the requisite permission and approvals from the maritime regulatory Agency.Visit our website www.chuanigeria.com our facebook/twitter accounts, @ chuanigeria.com.
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Chua Nigeria Limited, a Nigeria based Marine Consulting Company, to your esteemed Organisation. Since 1988, Chua Nigeria Limited has performed hundreds of marine consulting services for different clients across five primary markets, with several years of experience and expertise in the Marine and offshore consultancy services to the oil and gas and maritime industries.