Strong track record of providing reliable and credible consultancy support to our clients

Our multi-disciplinary team of consultants have successfully completed numerous consultancy projects for clients across various government and industrial sectors

OP’s consultancy and training services are undertaken by a team of experts with an outstanding background and capability for the effective management of specialized environmental issues. The team’s background is formed from industry experts.

Our experts have provided professional cost-effective consultancy solutions to a variety of organizations; such as national and local government, oil and gas companies, ports and harbours, and international agencies in order to develop one stop approach strategies that meet both national and international statutory obligations.

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Throughout the world, there is a stated requirement affecting Organizations, Regional Government, National Government and International Conventions.

That Statement is:
“Those who create the Risk must be made to manage it”

In order to manage a risk it must be Identified, Quantified and Control Measures Implemented. Other parts of industry call this process, Risk Assessment and concentrate mainly on preventing the direct dangers to people being realized.

In the Oil, Gas and Shipping Industries, having done all that is possible to prevent a spill from happening, we assume the worst and plan what to do in mitigation. This is called Contingency Planning. The dictionary defines Contingency as “the state of being contingent, which is a chance, possible or accidental occurrence”; so we are planning for that accident which we have planned to prevent but despite our best efforts do occur.

What do we intend to do?

The question of “Who are we?” might be posed. The answer is simply: We are any of the following:

  • Environmental Agencies
  • Oil & Gas Operators
  • Port Authorities
  • Companies engaged in storage or transportation of hydrocarbons
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Recreational Marinas
  • Special Zone Authorities

Our Consultancy Department produces Oil Spill Contingency Plans / Oil Pollution Emergency Plans meeting both national and international standards, and in line with best industry practices and guidelines.

When an oil spill occurs at sea, the first and primary concern of response planners is to determine where the oil is likely to go? That is, what is the slick direction, and speed of movement and what are the weathering and spreading characteristics of the oil under the influence of prevailing currents and weather conditions? In near-shore marine environments, the tracking of oil spills likely to impact the shoreline is of prime importance for effective planning and deployment of oil spill response personnel and equipment to protect environmentally sensitive areas; oil spill models provide essential information to both planning and response teams.

OP’s Consultancy Division has access to the world’s leading modelling solution, RPS-ASA OilMap.

OP can provide its clients with Trajectory and Fates models in addition to stochastic modelling which is used for contingency planning.

The trajectory and fates model predict the transport and weathering of oil from instantaneous or continuous spills. Predictions show the location and concentration of the surface and subsurface oil versus time. The model estimates the temporal variation of the oil’s spatial coverage, oil thickness, and oil viscosity. The model also predicts the oil mass balance or the amount of oil on the free surface, in the water column, evaporated, on the shore, and outside the study domain versus time. The fate processes in the model include spreading, evaporation, entrainment or natural dispersion, and emulsification. On the other hand, the stochastic model generates multiple simulations within a time window to determine the most likely paths released oil would follow under the influence of winds and currents.

Each facility that handles oil in any shape or form should implement a scheme for spill prevention and a set of spill countermeasures. However, we need to look at the high priority areas at the moment, which are those facilities that have the possibility of polluting the marine environment. A possibility is a risk and where there is a risk, we need to clearly defined prevention and response strategies.

Strategies for response need to be clearly defined in the oil companies’ contingency plan, which requires validation by an independent assessor.

An environmental risk reduction review is an effective management tool which when undertaken, is recognized as a highly beneficial method for operations and activities to manage their environmental impacts.

The environmental risk reduction review is a management tool consisting of a systematic documented, periodic and objective evaluation of environmental risks, risk management systems and control measures with the aim of firstly, facilitating management control of environmental practices and secondly, assessing compliance with environmental legislations, conventions and regulatory requirements. Risk reduction reviews yield essential information that can be utilized by an organization or activity in carrying out its environmental management responsibilities.

Risk reduction reviews are not a legal requirement under any specific law or regulation. Rather, it is a proactive management tool which is used to consciously identify environmental problems before they occur in order to take preventative measures.

As we continue with our daily operations, we all seek the same result — prevent oil spills and be prepared so that if an oil spill occurs, we can respond rapidly and effectively to minimize environmental damage.

OP’s Consultancy Department along with our field personnel have established a proprietary methodology based on years of field experience combined with scientific knowledge to provide our clients with a reliable Risk Reduction Reviews, recommendations and proposed action plans highlighting both challenges and opportunities for environmental performance improvement.

Environmental Impact Assessment is a systematic process which provides a framework for gathering and documenting information and views regarding the environmental consequences of activities so that the importance of the effects and the scope for enhancing, modifying or mitigating them can be properly evaluated.

The EIA system uses a list approach that screens projects into different categories based on different levels of EIA required according to severity of possible environmental impacts. The most commonly used system is based on three categories; namely: white (A), gray (B) and black (C).

An Environmental Impact Assessment should ensure that the environmental implications of decisions are taken into account before these decisions are made.

The process involves an analysis of the likely effects on the environment, recording those effects in a report, undertaking a public consultation exercise on the report, taking into account the comments and the report when making the final decision and informing the public about that decision afterwards.

In principle, environmental assessment can be undertaken for individual projects or for plans, programmes and policies (‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’).

Our Consultancy Department’s team of experts in conjunction with our associates and world-wide partners are capable of completing such assessments in line with national and international legislations.

Environment Management System (EMS) is a tool for managing the impacts of an organization’s activities on the environment. It provides a structured approach to planning and implementing environment protection measures.

EMS is a powerful tool for organizations to both improve their environmental performance and enhance their business efficiency. An EMS is not prescriptive; rather, it requires organizations to take an active role in examining their practices, and then determining how their impacts should best be managed. This approach encourages creative and relevant solutions from the organization itself.

OP’s Consultancy Department provides the consultancy services for establishing, implementing and maintaining Environmental Management Systems which is process-oriented standard to help you to have an effective environmental management system based on based on the methodology known as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).

Our consultants can also integrate Environmental Management Systems into other Quality Management Systems (i.e. ISO 9000 standard series) in order to help organizations, achieve environmental and economic goals capable of adapting to changing circumstances.

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