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Health, Safety, Security and Environment

Health. Safety, Security

We conduct our business safely and in a socially responsible and ethical manner. We respect the law and endeavour to protect the environment and communities in which we work. As a leading oilfield operator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, safety is of the highest importance and we consider it our licence to operate. We use our “smarter‑safer‑together” approach in all operations while adhering to the highest standards of business conduct. We have put in place comprehensive HSSE and operations management procedures including emergency and incident response plans. The Group actively engages with local communities and governments using specialist consultants to create clear policies and procedures which are supported by strong leadership, accountability and commitment throughout the organisation.

We have a simple premise: to integrate HSSE into the everyday working environment; providing advice, tools and systems which enable our workforce to manage risks. Continuous engagement with the workforce to enhance the HSSE culture by encouraging open and honest incident reporting and investigation; training and development, via our Competency Based Framework (“CBF”); and having a young, enthusiastic, educated national workforce who are keen to learn all contribute towards achieving high standards in this area.

Environmental performance

We are focused on minimising the environmental impact of our operations in line with the legal and regulatory requirements governing environmental practices within the Kurdistan region. We recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy natural environment and are committed, as part of our CR Plan, to demonstrate improving levels of environmental management, with the aim of reducing the environmental impacts of our business. To ensure that health, safety, security and environmental considerations remain core values, we see it as our obligation to identify and reduce risks, safeguard people and protect the environment, assets and the communities where we operate. We have an Ambient Air Quality monitoring programme in place to record SO2 levels, using fixed and mobile units as well as SO2 diffusion tubes installed at a 2km perimeter surrounding our production facilities taking frequent readings to ensure air quality.

Waste management has been transformed with 67% of our solid waste now being recycled. Liquid chemical hazardous waste is now recycled by an MNR-approved vendor in Koya. As part of the Company’s continuing community relations programme we have set up a “Green Team” made up of Kurdistan nationals, segregating waste from our operational sites and neighbouring villages. This allows the effective recycling and disposal referred to above.