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NOVATEK’s core producing assets are located in the Far North, a harsh Arctic region with vast mineral resources and a fragile and vulnerable eco-environment. Throughout all of its operations the Company is committed to environment protection. In 2015 environmental expenditures of NOVATEK, its subsidiaries and joint ventures aggregated RR 776 mln.
NOVATEK has implemented a corporate-wide Health, Safety and Environmental (“HSE”) Policy and all of the Company’s principal subsidiaries and joint ventures operate an Integrated Health, Safety and Environment Management System (IMS), which comply with the international ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. In 2015, NOVATEK successfully passed another IMS compliance audit.
As part of our HSE activities we pay special attention to preventive measures. In particular, the environmental aspects are taken into account in designing new production facilities: cutting-edge technology and equipment are used to considerably reduce the adverse environmental impact and risk of environmental accidents. The Company builds new and upgrades its existing waste disposal sites, equips its facilities with state-of-the-art drilling waste treatment units, sets up new sewage treatment facilities and revamps older ones.
The Heritage Environmental Damage Remediation Program included actions to remediate land, surface and ground water. In order to preserve biodiversity when developing our Yarudeyskoye oil field, we released muksun and peled young fishes into the river Northern Sosva of the Ob-Irtysh basin.
Throughout 2015, we performed environmental monitoring at all of the license areas and production facilities of the Company. This monitoring process includes surveys into the condition of environment components and collecting samples of soil, ground, snow covering, water, and river-bed deposit. Air contamination levels are inspected. The status of fish stock and fodder resources in water areas is monitored as are hydrologic and hydro-chemical parameters. The samples taken are later tested in certified laboratories, and based on the laboratory analysis the condition of the natural environment components is assessed and trends are observed over the year. The monitoring revealed that excess permissible levels of pollution in environmental components in the monitored locations were not registered.
In 2015, under the Company's flagship Yamal LNG project, actions were taken to evaluate and mitigate the negative impact on the Atlantic walrus in and around the South-Tambeyskoye field. The field area site was cleared of scrap metal, residential and industrial waste. In the reporting year, Yamal LNG remediated 310 hectares of land and relinquished them to the Yamal district government. In order to compensate for the water resource damage, peled fry was released into the Ob-Irtysh basin river.
The Company systematically works to decrease its harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. In 2015, the Program for Rational Use of Associated Petroluem Gas (“APG”) enabled the Company to reach a 96% APG utilization rate at the Samburgskoye and East-Tarkosalinskoye fields. A booster compressor station to be commissioned at the central oil gathering facility in 2016 will ensure rational utilization of 95% of APG at our Yarudeyskoye field.
The Company continued its participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2015 whereby information on greenhouse gas emissions and operational energy efficiency is disclosed. We also disclose data on the use of water resources as part of the CDP Water Disclosure Project. By taking part in these important projects the Company intends to achieve a balance between the climate change risks and efficiency of investment projects. The Company offers all stakeholders full access to its environmental information and reports, including via publications in federal and local media, our corporate website, amongst other communication channels.