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Eni HSE and Sustainability Model Applied to Onshore 3-D Seismic Acquisition in Block RSF-5, Central Myanmar


Myanmar is going through an exciting time of unprecedented transformation, which is reshaping the foundations of its society, economy and life.Following the repeal of the commercial sanctions in 2012,all the majors have started regarding Myanmar as a new promising frontier in the O&G industry.In 2013,Ministry of Energy awarded,through an International Bid Round,16 onshore and 20 offshore blocks.Eni recently completed an onshore 3D seismic acquisition in block RSF-5 (514 km2) in Magway region (Central Myanmar),one of the largest ever acquired on land.Eni Myanmar, as responsible operator, carried out a detailed Environmental,Social and Health Impact Assessment in compliance with Myanmar EIA Procedures. In addition, Eni requested,on voluntary basis,to an independent institution (Danish Institute for the Human Rights – DIHR) to carry a Human Rights Impact Assessment to identify the social criticalities of the project. Several potential impacts have been highlighted of which the main ones were relevant to the land access management and the local labors working conditions.The 3D onshore seismic acquisition, due to the nature of the activities, implies a temporarily land access and occupation (16.800 landowners), for which a dedicated Land Management Action Plan has been prepared detailing each phase of the permitting process: consultations, permit to access, compensation calculation and public payment.To guarantee labor justice and equality of the about 600 workers (out of which 93% local), all the contractual conditions have been established and monitored with the Contractors and Subcontractors in terms of food, personal protective equipment, HSE training,salary treatment, working hours and leave days. Permitting activities were in charge of a dedicated Eni Myanmar team (40 professionals) who act as “interface & facilitator” between the company and the communities, managing the Grievance Mechanism.Environmentally, the potential impact connected with both seismic operations and base camp installation were identified and prevented with the implementation of the mitigation hierarchy, adopting the most ecologically effective mitigation measures: avoidance and minimization.All this actions determined a widespread overall trust of Eni Myanmar as Operator who manages the project with a sustainable view to guarantee all the rights of the stakeholders involved in the project directly or indirectly and contributing to the success of the operations in a difficult terrain.