Sustainable growth | 337 (July 2017)

Combining growing production with a decreasing environmental footprint is not only possible, but critical to success.

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Sustainable growth

Combining growing production with a decreasing environmental footprint is not only possible, but critical to success.

Dmitry Kim

June 5 is designated World Environment Day by the United Nations. Each year the holiday grows in relevance. It’s not an exaggeration to say that today the wellbeing of all human civilization depends on fulfilling its designated goals.

Today LUKOIL Uzbekistan is one of the most dynamically developing subsidiaries of LUKOIL Group which, at the same time, maintains the highest standards of environmental protection. Its corporate system of ecological safety functions in full compliance with international ISO 14001 standards and is regularly kept up to date.

In 2016-17 we’ve implemented a program aimed at improving the knowledge and culture of environmental safety among LUKOIL Uzbekistan employees through training sessions and tests.

One of the company’s big accomplishments in Uzbekistan has been utilizing deep ground discharge for production waste, thereby addressing any ecological effects of using discharge water. In 2012-16 for the first time in Uzbekistan our company obtained five licenses for using minerals to pump industrial waste water into special reservoirs at all of our assets.

This year we completed construction of deposit and monitoring wells at the Khauzak and Kandym production sites, which allows us to begin regularly pumping industrial effluents there. This means we will no longer have to utilize industrial waste above-ground and will significantly decrease the negative impact on the atmosphere, improve air quality on-site and minimize the risk of an environmental accident.

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In April 2017 we crossed another important environmental milestone: we got state approval for the final phase of the Kandym Gas Processing Plant’s environmental certification. This was the final authorization we needed to begin operating the Plant in line with local environmental norms and regulations.

Preserving biodiversity is a requirement at all of the company’s projects. Over the last five years LUKOIL Uzbekistan has successfully executed a plan to preserve bird species at the state wildlife sanctuary around Lake Dingizkul. Our biodiversity efforts there have received considerable interest and commendation from LUKOIL Group.

I’m sure that combining increasing production with a decreased environmental footprint is not only possible, but critical to our work. We will continue to implement innovative solutions for efficiently utilizing water and energy resources and thoroughly regulate environmental protection mechanisms in all the regions where we operate.

Dmitry Kim – Head of Ecology department, LUKOIL Uzbekistan

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