BP Algeria Exploration’s (BPXA) work program during 2009 revolved around acquiring 2560 Sq Km of 3D Seismic Data in the Bourarhet Sud block, located 150km southwest of the town of In Amenas. The survey’s primary objective was to acquire 2560 Sq Km of high fold data (495 at 4km offset) in 8 months using a BP technique called Independent Simultaneous Sources (ISSTM). A further requirement for the Seismic Survey operated by Global Geophysical Services was that the operation was to be externally audited to provide objective evidence to demonstrate that an Environmental Management System (EMS) was operating effectively in conformity of the ISO 14001 standard. EMS’s key objective is to assure that environmental risks are clearly understood and form part of project planning, control measures are put in place to prevent or mitigate the impacts and the environmental performance is monitored and keeps improving. This paper describes the successful implementation of an EMS on a working seismic operation to a standard which enabled BPXA’s EMS to be awarded ISO 14001 Certification in September 2009.


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