Posted 07 August 2011, by Staff, Gulf Daily News, gulf-daily-news.com
MANAMA: The National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) yesterday issued a study on “Current environmental challenges facing Bahrain’s oil sector and ways to respond to them”.
Three chapters tackle the history of institutional status and environmental components of the oil and gas sector, which include the extent of consensus and local regulations and requirements of international environmental standards focusing on administrative systems and environmental specifications in addition to the mechanisms and procedures for recording, assessment, licensing to and banning of chemical substances adopted in the European Union.
The study also sheds light on the future of the oil and gas industry in Bahrain under international environmental obligations.
“The goal of this study is to create a national record for monitoring environmental issues and entitlements witnessed by Bahrain’s oil sector and to find the optimum international practices in order to conserve the environment to preserve natural resources, securing energy resources and realising sustainable development in the kingdom,” said Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza.
He added that Bahrain’s government has always been keen to enact legislation on preserving the environment which resulted in numerous recognition awards at international environmental functions.
The minister also added the kingdom is committed to environmental procedures and requirements and satisfaction of international environmental standards as oil and gas companies affiliated to the Oil and Gas Holding Company had enlisted philosophy of paying attention to environmental projects in all the Noga-affiliated companies.
The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) invested huge funds in implementing and creating environment-friendly projects with the purpose of investing in them so as to encounter current environmental challenges, boost commitment to green ecology requirements and persistently develop its other eco-friendly investment projects.
One of such projects was low-sulfur diesel reservoir.
The project aims at reducing sulfur content in diesel. It enabled Bapco to produce low-sulfur diesel with a minimum ratio of 0.000,010 sulfur particles in order to meet the local and international market demand.
Bapco inaugurated the Princess Sabeeka’s Park in Awali which is considered one of the pioneering aesthetic, green patches in the kingdom for preservation of human health and the company’s ambient ecology.
Bapco is currently implementing waste water treatment plant by which it aims to conserve marine ecology and satisfy the allowable levels of sewerage into the sea.
Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC) carried out numerous projects pertaining to the environment the last of which was carbon-dioxide recycling project – the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Bahrain National Gas Company (Bangas) utilised waste gas for the production of petrochemical products with good economic revenue using the safest, least environment-damaging techniques. Bangas won numerous ISO certificates in environment, health and safety fields.