Savannah is committed to managing our operations in a safe, secure, reliable and environmentally sustainable way. We are also committed to acting in a responsible manner towards our people, contractors, service providers, local host communities and our other stakeholders. We consider that maintaining a high standard of health, safety, security and environmental (“HSSE”) protection is critical to the ongoing success of the Company and the maintenance of our various “licences to operate”
Savannah’s HSSE function reports its overall performance to the Company’s Board of Directors through the Health, Safety, Security and Environment Committee.
The Company has developed and implemented a robust and extensive HSSE management system that corresponds to, and translates, the commitments contained in the relevant Company HSSE operational policies.
The Company’s HSSE policies and management system have been developed in line with the related sectoral and global benchmarks and standards. The principal sectoral standards that Savannah currently utilises are the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the commitments enshrined in the VPoSHR.
The Company’s HSSE key performance indicators Lost Time Injury Rate, TRIR, FAR and RTAIR were all recorded as zero in 2019. This reflects positively Savannah’s commitment to keeping all our personnel and stakeholders safe and free from harm and also to minimising our impact on the environment.
From an environmental performance perspective, Savannah allocated sufficient resources during 2019 to its principal environmental policy commitments, including:
- to comply with all applicable legislation and to meet our regulatory commitments for the protection of the environment;
- to implement and achieve the targets laid out in our project-focused and operational environmental management plans;
- to efficiently monitor, measure and continually improve our environmental performance; and
- to deal effectively with all aspects of our waste management strategies via the implementation of the waste minimisation and management cycle i.e. reduce, re-use and recycle.
An example of Savannah’s commitment to positively impacting the environment during 2019 was in the successful remediation of a number of sections of the Accugas pipeline right of way in Nigeria at a cost of US$1.1 million.
All of Accugas’ environmental emissions during 2019 were recorded as being within the national, regional and local regulatory limits as prescribed by the relevant national environmental legislation.
An overview of Accugas’ operational environmental performance in Nigeria in 2019 is as follows:
- produced sand and hydrotest effluent: no produced sand (no vessel de-sanding took place) and hydrotest water effluent during 2019;
- produced water: all produced water was transported from the assets and facilities for treatment and eventual disposal off site;
- domestic sewage: all domestic sewage (offices and facility based) was transported off site and disposed of by government-approved contractors;
- facility storm (runoff) water: all facility storm water runoff was successfully treated on site prior to discharge after the Department of Petroleum Resources and IFC Environmental, Health and Safety (“EHS”) Guideline parameter values were met;
- atmospheric emissions (point source): air (atmospheric) emissions were measured throughout 2019 and were recorded as being within the parameter limits stipulated within the World Bank/IFC EHS Guidelines;
- noise emissions: similarly, noise limits stipulated by the above guidelines were also found to be within range for daytime operations, although not for night-time operations. The cause of this excursion was found to be faulty on-site power generators which necessitated the opening of the noise reduction enclosure doors. A contractor was appointed by Savannah to rectify this fault in Q4 2019; and
- flared gas: flared gas volumes principally originate from one operational central processing facility, the Uquo CPF, which is essentially a pilot/low pressure gas flare. The total annual flared gas volume has been greatly reduced from 114 MMscf in 2017 to 29 MMscf in 2019.