GHG and Air emissions team are responsible in managing PDO’s GHG emission and monitoring any potential air emissions parameters during project and operational phases of a project. A diverse range of measures have already been implemented in PDO to reduce Green House Gases (GHG) and other controls to improve air emissions.
External landscape and expectations around Climate Change and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions are rapidly changing, which is evident from various international and national commitments (e.g. Oman’s Commitment to Paris Agreement). Oil and gas upstream companies are subject to increasing pressures globally to reduce their carbon footprint. Several major oil and gas companies have announced commitments to achieve Net Zero CO2 emission by 2050 or sooner. Nationally, Oman published its 2nd National Determined Contribution (NDC), committed to control its expected GHG emissions growth by 7% during the period from 2020 – 2030, which would add more pressure for GHG emissions reduction. PDO has established a dedicated strategy A3 and roadmap with clear action plan for GHG control and reduction.
Currently, PDO has deployed an efficient Ambient Air Quality Monitoring (AAQM) systemin its Headquarter in Mina Al Fahal and interior. Based on Oman’s Ministerial Decision 118/2004 for controlling air pollutants and the Ministerial Decision 41/2017 for issuing ambient air quality regulation, PDO is legally required to carry out monitoring of particulate and gaseous air emissions from stationary sources (e.g. flare stacks, combustion sources, power plants, etc.). In addition, environmental permits issued for PDO facilities and projects state the requirement to monitor gaseous emissions. Monitoring air emissions shall provide assurance to PDO that emissions from its activities are within statutory limits and do not pose any health affect to either its employees or surrounding local communities. This is important, as this will keep us on track on any possible air pollutants that might be emitted which may result in possible health impacts to the surrounding people.
Currently, PDO is being carrying out ambient air quality monitoring using three (3) pre-defined mobile units. Locations of those units are agreed with MECA and the reallocation was based on a risk-based models (e.g. sour fields, socially and environmentally sensitive locations, etc.)