Managing wastes in remote oil and gas operations for PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. in the field of Garraf, Iraq presents a multitude of challenges including unavailability of an approved waste disposal facilities, incompetent wastes management contractor and land acquisition issues requires PETRONAS to establish a Five Years Waste Management Blue Print.

The objective of the blueprint is to provide strategic guidance for approaches in resolving the waste management issues in Garraf. Primary problem statement from the forecast of the cumulative impact of waste generation since day one of operation until the completion of Garraf Field Development Plan warrants the need of significant change in day to day waste management practices in Garraf.

The method used in establishing this blue prints includes, eliminating and/or minimization of waste generation from source, optimizing each waste stream including reuse & recycle towards zero discharge and disposal through deployment of fit for purpose and green technologies which are environmental friendly. Additionally, PCIHBV also takes into consideration challenges of medium-skilled operator, support by stakeholder and authorities and environmental health impact.

Since it has been launched in 2016, significant value creation identified as follows:

  1. Support from host authority to invest on technology deployment.

    Host authority accepted and acknowledge the blue print and support by approving significant environment budget despite low oil price based on long term value gain.

  2. Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

    Prior to establishment of this blue print, all hazardous waste are stored in our HWS which will poses us to long-term liability due to mismanagement and integrity of the HW container. Various engagement and discussion were conducted between PCIHBV and host government to resolve this issue since 2016. PCIHBV established the contract with Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) on hazardous waste treatment and disposal and being the first International Oil Company (IOC) in Iraq to establish as such contract.

  3. Cost Saving/Optimization

    The implementation of the blue print produced some significant value creation which includes cost saving by reusing some of the waste and optimization of the raw material and resources e.g. Land acquisition for landfill area, disposal cost etc.

  4. Capability development

    Development of local nationality on environmental technology and inculcate mindset change on the environmental awareness

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