Arcadis to carry out HSE study on largest oil and gas project in UAE
Arcadis will conduct a health, safety, and environmental impact assessment (HSEIA) study on a project Al Hosn Gas is planning for the Hail and Ghasha sour gas fields
Netherlands-headquartered design and consultancy firm, Arcadis, has announced that it has been appointed by Al Hosn Gas to conduct a health, safety, and environmental impact assessment (HSEIA) study on a gas project in Abu Dhabi.
The subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) commissioned the study in support of the development work it has planned for the Hail and Ghasha sour gas fields, Arcadis said in a statement.
The upcoming project is reportedly the largest oil and gas development being planned in the UAE.
Under the terms of its appointment, Arcadis is expected to deliver a range of environmental consultancy services, including the oversight and project management of all environmental baseline surveys to be carried out, and all the reporting and coordination between ADNOC and the Environmental Agency in Abu Dhabi (EAD). The company will also be submitting the final HSEIA report on the project.
Both sour gas fields are located offshore in the Arabian Gulf, around 90km and 130km, respectively, to the west of Abu Dhabi Island.
According to Arcadis, major work is being planned for the gas fields to create artificial islands that will enable Al Hosn Gas to develop the sites, and, ultimately, produce and transfer gas and condensate from both fields.
The fields are located in the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO protected area, which is home to a number of representative habitats, including seagrass beds, coral reef communities, macro-algae outcrop, and mangrove vegetation.
The reserve also provides shelter and feeding ground for several vulnerable species, making it crucial for the environmental impact of the development to be fully understood at the outset of the project, so that any potential risks can be mitigated well before construction.
David Bunyan, environment business director at Arcadis, commented: “Developing the sour gas fields on Hail and Ghasha islands will help to improve quality of life by providing the people of the UAE with greater energy security.
“However, their location within an environmentally protected area means that thorough due diligence is required to make sure the development does not disrupt these natural habitats. It is great news that we are involved in the decision-making process, and our aim is to deliver exceptional outcomes for both our client and the environment.”