In 2017, we continued the implementation of the roadmap for the improvement of the state of HSE, which defined our goals for the period until 2020. The road map contains the main strategic initiatives in the field of sustainable development.
KMG shares the main provisions of the precautionary principle (Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on the Protection of the Environment and Development of the United Nations, 1992). Before launching new projects and facilities, we carry out a set of activities in the framework of environmental impact assessment (EIA) aimed at informing the public about the planned activity and its possible impact, with the aim of identifying public opinion and its consideration in the impact assessment process. We ensure access for all interested parties to EIA projects, acceptance and registration of comments and proposals. The materials are posted on the websites of local authorities and in the media, in order to familiarize the public with the planned activities. In cooperation with the Aarhus Centers, consultative meetings are held with the local community and public organizations. We immediately respond to community appeals and one of the Group’s priorities is pre-trial settlement of situations.
The basis for monitoring the possible negative impact of production on the environment in the regions of activity is regular production environmental monitoring.
Complaints about the environmental impact of organizations filed through the mechanisms for filing environmental complaints during the reporting period.
- Based on the complaint of residents of Atyrau related to the deterioration of the quality of outdoor air – the appearance of the smell of burning and oil products, the Department of Ecology for Atyrau region opened an unscheduled inspection of AR LLP in the period from 26.04.2017 to 22.06.2017. According to the report on the results of the inspection No 06-17/1, there was no violation by AR LLP.
During the audit, the indications of air quality monitoring stations installed around the plant during the period April 26-27, 2017 were considered, according to which the maximum permissible concentrations for the above period were not established. Also, a check does not establish the excess of design emission standards in the environment separately by sources.
At the Atyrau Refinery there are four automatic air quality control stations that control the following pollutants: hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfurous anhydride, hydrocarbons. Meteorological characteristics of atmospheric air are also determined at the stations. These environmental posts are sent to the central server of the central factory laboratory every 10 minutes, the branch of the Republican State Enterprise “Kazhydromet” in the Atyrau Region has access to the AR database.
- On the basis of the complaint of residents of Atyrau concerning resettlement of residents falling into the sanitary-protective zone of the Atyrau Refinery (due to its expansion), in July 2017 an unscheduled inspection was launched to observe the environmental legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Department of Public Health Protection of Atyrau Region noted that the beginning of operation of the Advanced Oil Refining Complex (AORC), the resettlement of residents should be completed in full. The construction of AORC, including 14 modern process units, is the final stage of the plant’s complete modernization. Implementation of the plan of measures for the resettlement of residents is being conducted by AR LLP since 2106. By the beginning of the full-scale operation of AORC, the resettlement of residents will be completed (Q1 2018).