Dr Brenton Chatfield - ConocoPhillips - Engagement through collaboration


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Dr Brenton Chatfield delivered the presentation at the 2014 South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC).

SEAAOC is Northern Australia's largest and longest established petroleum conference and brings together major players involved within Australasia's oil, gas and petroleum industries. The event is run as a partnership between Informa Australia and the Department of the Chief Minister - Northern Territory Government of Australia.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/SEAAOC2014

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Dr Brenton Chatfield - ConocoPhillips - Engagement through collaboration

  1. 1. 21 August 2014 Dr Brenton Chatfield, Environmental Manager Engagement Through Collaboration
  2. 2. Overview  Opportunity: Leveraging collaboration and meaningful consultation to shape project success  Case Studies: Collaborating to build knowledge and establish shared aims between the stakeholders and petroleum operators  Environment Group for the Browse Basin (EGBB)  Bonaparte Fisheries Group (BFG) 2
  3. 3. Offshore Environmental Approvals 3 Acceptability Approvals Consultation Collaboration
  4. 4. Offshore Environmental Approvals an Overview  Key Legislation: Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and supporting environment regulations  Now includes assessment of Matters of National Environmental Significance (Part 3 of EPBC Act 1999)  Offshore Project Proposal (OPP)  Regulator: National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) 4
  5. 5. Offshore Environmental Approvals - Requirements Project Description • Identify and describe nature and scale of activities/aspects • ‘Whole of lifecycle’ basis Existing Environment • Baseline studies program • Targeted stakeholder engagement Risk/Impact Assessment • Identify and evaluate impacts and risks – real & perceived • Informed by project description and understanding of existing environment Management Framework • Appropriate measures and controls • Required to demonstrate environmental impacts and risks managed to an acceptable level 5  Underpinned by active consultation
  6. 6. Consultation – NOPSEMA Requirements  5 key principles 1. Communication: Open and effective 2. Transparency: Information/ feedback provided openly 3. Collaboration: Mutually beneficial outcomes 4. Inclusiveness: Early and ongoing consultation 5. Integrity: Foster trust and respect 6
  7. 7. Consultation – ‘Relevant persons’  OPGGS (Environment) Regulation 11A requires consultation with government organisations, persons and organisations whose functions, interests or activities may be affected by the project/activity  NOPSEMA information paper (June 2014) provides further guidance:  The concept of a ‘relevant person’  Interpreted broadly  Not limited to a certain category or group  The relevancy or otherwise  Determined on a case-by-case basis  Requires consideration of nature and extent of possible impacts  Those seeking consultation must demonstrate how they may be affected 7
  8. 8. Consultation – NOPSEMA Requirements  Broad groups that may be considered ‘relevant persons’  Relevant persons must be provided with  Sufficient information  Reasonable consultation period  Influenced by ‘functions, interests and activities’; nature, scale, extent and complexity of the project/activity 8 Fishing Industry Representatives Research Organisations Government Agencies/ Regulators Public Groups Industry Non-government organisations
  9. 9. Existing Environment – Desktop and Baseline Studies  Gap analysis and literature review  Metocean conditions  Underwater noise  Water and sediment quality  Preliminary modelling: routine discharges and spills 9
  10. 10. Existing Environment – Baseline Studies  Reef communities and coral spawning  Benthic habitat and communities 10
  11. 11. Consultation – A Collaborative Process  Recent shifts in regulatory drivers and approach  Encourages consultative process  Mutually beneficial  Inform relevant stakeholders – bring them on the journey  Stakeholders provide input to the process – give them a voice  Targeted engagement can inform/frame issues and gaps  Example  Technical expert assist to identify/evaluate impacts/risks 11 Pygmy blue whales
  12. 12. Case Study: Environment Group for the Browse Basin  Industry collaboration led by Shell in joint partnership with ConocoPhillips, INPEX and Woodside  Objective: Operational & Scientific Monitoring Program (OSMP) for Browse Basin  Collaborative consultation  Expert panel engaged to assist in defining/characterising existing environment and validating OSMP framework  Fit for purpose – scientifically rigorous but practical and realistic  Sensitive receptors workshops to identify/map key areas of importance and identify gaps 12
  13. 13. Case Study: Environment Group of the Browse Basin  Outcomes  Comprehensive understanding beyond published literature  Scientifically informed, regionally relevant, practical/robust OSMP  Provide confidence to regulators 13
  14. 14. Case Study: Bonaparte Fish Group  Opportunity for collaborative fisheries research  Oil & gas operators, government, fishing industry and researchers  Objective: Contribute to scientific understanding of fish distributions and stock structure in the Bonaparte Basin & Timor Sea  Collaborative approach  ConocoPhillips facilitating a stakeholder working group  Identify mutually beneficial research priority areas  Identify areas for financial and in-kind support for greatest long term contribution 14
  15. 15. Case Study: Bonaparte Fish Group  Anticipated outcomes  Collaborative investment  Improved science for future oil and gas operator approvals  Improved science for fisheries management  Basis of further research activities 15
  16. 16. Case Study: Bonaparte Fish Group  Current Status  In principle agreement reached with stakeholders to commence studies  Working with stakeholders to further define scope, timeframes and contractual arrangements – staged approach  Working with other operators to confirm their participation 16
  17. 17. Summary: Benefits of a Collaborative Approach  Genuine stakeholder engagement  Develop relationships that foster mutually beneficial outcomes  Diversified base of information and understanding  Minimise potential surprises  Earlier identification of potential stakeholder issues  Manage risks that may delay project development  Regulatory confidence  Consultation beyond minimum required standards  Thorough environmental impact assessment addressing all key issues  Collaboration to shape project success 17
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  19. 19. Collaborative Approach – Practical Steps  The BFG conceived following consultation with NT DPIF  Identified relevant stakeholders and potential interested parties  Identified potential industry participants  Invitation to participate in the BFG  Outlining purpose and objectives  Outline current research and gaps in knowledge  Convened a workshop in Darwin to:  Develop understanding of areas of common interest  Identify potential projects and research opportunities  Project governance, roles and responsibilities – Steering Committee  Subsequent workshops  Collaborate with stakeholders to define priorities  Assign ownership of different scopes to collaborators  Evaluate level of contribution collaborators can provide 19