NLNG has a sound Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy anchored on the need to take proper care of its assets, the health and safety of its employees and of other persons, and to give proper regard to the sustainable management of the environment.
- In line with this, NLNG plans its work to:
- Prevent injuries and ill-health to workers and surrounding
- Prevent damage to assets and minimise any negative impact on the environment;
- Avoid or eliminate future liabilities;
- Meet requirements for demonstrable due diligence.
At the inception of the NLNG Project, there was a major focus on carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project area. Between 1987 and 2002, an intensive environmental assessment was carried out and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports prepared for various phases of the plant construction. The EIA reports for the Base Project (Trains 1 & 2) and the Gas Transmission System 1 (GTS/1) were reviewed and certiﬁed by the then national environmental regulatory body, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA). Following approval of the ﬁnal EIA report, NLNG became the ﬁrst major project in Nigeria to complete full EIA process before commencement of business.
An important element of the EIA process is to identify and mitigate potential adverse impacts of NLNG's operations. For the Base Project, a number of potential adverse impacts were identiﬁed and mitigation measures taken. Additionally, similar EIA studies have been conducted for subsequent projects
(NLNG Expansion, NLNG Plus, Train 6, Train 7 Plus and Bonny River Terminal Airstrip). The reports for these studies were approved by the Nigerian environmental regulatory body, the Federal Ministry of Environment.
To ensure compliance with EIA requirements, an Environmental Social and Health Management Plan was set up with the major objective of ensuring completion of recommended mitigation measures, compliance with legislation and NLNG HSE policy. The plan is regularly updated and its implementation evaluated by regulators during impact mitigation monitoring exercises.
In pursuance of continuous improvement and to foster an ideal HSE culture in its organisation, NLNG has conducted regular monitoring of its general HSE performance.