Work is continued for the creation of an efficient KMG’s Corporate Operational Environmental Monitoring System, which has been determined as one of the main priorities of the Company’s strategy and was approved by KMG’s Board of Directors on 19 January 2009.
Since 2005, the Company has developed and has been using the aerospace environmental monitoring system, as an integral part of KMG's Corporate Industrial Environmental Monitoring System, in order to automatically trace any changes in the environment on the whole territory of corporate responsibility of KMG, as well as to ensure taking adequate managerial measures on environmental protection.
This aerospace environmental monitoring system is based on the application of geo-information technologies, utilization of modern special equipment and mathematic software for receiving and processing space photographs, and it allows collecting, analyzing and generalizing all environmental data constantly, as well as modeling the environmental situation, which also allowed creating a continuously updated electronic environmental map.
In 2010, on the basis of a new effective platform of geo-information system, the Company developed a new improved version of the aerospace environmental monitoring system, which has greater capabilities and allows solving a wider range of tasks.
The primary objectives of KMG’s aerospace environmental monitoring are:
- Identify air pollution sources, including operating associated petroleum gas flares;
- Identify oil spills and sources of the KSCS pollution;
- Determine the risk areas of the extra-hazardous sections of the main oil and gas pipelines;
- Determine and map oil-contaminated areas, monitoring the dynamics of elimination of oil contamination and large sludge storages, in the area expression;
- Monitor the ice situation in the KSCS;
- Classify and store information in the database;
- Cooperate with the parties concerned.
As noted above, one of the actual objectives of KMG’s aerospace environmental monitoring system is identification of oil spills and contamination sources in the Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea, including oil spills and forecast of their spreading for the next 120 hours, using the accurate oil spill risk assessment model. The relevance of this objective is obvious in the light of the environmental impact of the breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico.
The generated system and modern technologies may be effectively implemented in the strategic detection and monitoring via methods of remote sensing of emergencies, such as natural and technogenic fires, oil and gas pipelines accidents.
On 30 June 2010, as part of the Report “On the Measures Taken by KMG in the Sphere Prevention of Oil Spills on Waters and Ensuring Preparedness to Mitigate Their Consequences”, the system was introduced at the meeting of the National Oil Spill Response Commission and approved by it.
The KMG’s experience in creation of the aerospace environmental monitoring system has been included in the report of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the study of the Caspian region in accordance with the inter-governmental Agreement between Japan and Kazakhstan.