Owing to the fact that National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) considers environmental conservation as its slogan, green industry is considered as the top priority.
Toward a cleaner environment and in line with sustainable development, our policies are to:
· Minimize the environmental impact of related operations
· Mitigate environmental risks
· Prevent and control spills and releases to the environment
· Increase green areas
Major environmental activities in NISOC are:
AMAK is referred to a plan which aims to collect associated gases from Ahvaz Bangestan, Abteymoour, Mansouri, Koupal and Maroun oilfields.
As the Biggest environmental project in oil & gas industry, emitting of more than 7,500 tons of hidro-carborate pollutants will be cut.
By such a green plan, burning of more than 6.5 Mcm of sour gas containing hydrogen sulfide is to be prevented each day. AMAK plays a vital role in conservation of environment and saving our national assets as well. AMAK was inaugurated in 2001.
* M.O.S ( Mobile Oil Separator )
In order to make up the lost pressure in an oil well, oil flaring considers inevitable. MOS can separate 1500 barrels with a 650-pam pressure, within a 24 hours period of time as follows: After installation, oil flow reaches to a dish deflector. Gas moves upwards, oil downwards then the pump turns on and the level of the oil will be adjusted by a spontaneous delivery valve. This operation goes on until the well reaches to an optimum pressure. the separated oil then transfers to production units.
More than $120 million will be saved using MOS annually.
* M.O.T ( Mobile Oil Treater )
In order to prevent the burning of oil and waste materials in a pit which was leading to pollution of Air & Soil, MOT was initiated to collect and treat them and then to transfer treated oil into flow lines.
In 1999 and In line with saving both environmental and financial assets, the first MOT unit was unveiled in Karoun oil & gas producing company. estimated cost for unit was about $2,000,000.
These facilities have been manufactured and utilized with the objective of preventing environmental pollution, avoiding waste of the national assets, as well as enhancing the country's economic potentials. Our present information indicate that in order to clean the oil wells in different zones of oil fields, the crude oil of more than one hundred oil wells are annually directed to the burning pits. The amount of oil burned in the pits equals to 1,250,000 barrels per year. Compulsory burning of the surplus oil in the pits are done in order to clean the newly drilled oil wells, cleaning the wells after injecting acid, and/or upon repairing the wells.
Such activities cause severe pollution of the environment and inflict heavy lost to the economy. It may also lead to tardiness and stoppage of the cleaning operation around the oil wells situated in vicinity of the residential areas and industrial establishments.
These projects were originally initiated in 1991. Upon careful technical and operational studies, negotiation with domestic and foreign manufacturers of the needed facilities, as well as upon approval of the board of directors of NISOC and securing adequate means of execution the project, offer made of the domestic manufacturers to design and manufacture the facilities whose costs were estimated to be in vicinity of 15,800,000,000 Rials. The facilities were first installed in the operational zone of Ahwaz wells on 18/11/1999.
Manufacturing and utilization of the said mobile facilities were the first attempt of its kind in the country. The facilities not only protect the environment and help reducing the air pollution, but increase the country's foreign exchange revenue by $37.5 million per year, taking into account an average of $30 per barrel and 1,250,000 barrels of the oil saved through this operation.
* Mulching operations
Stabilization of moving sands by mulching and cultivating trees around oil installations are considered as NISOC prominent environmental measures toward a cleaner air.
* Tree planting (neighbor on facilities)
This project began in 2000. More than 800 trees all
from most resistant species planted neighboring on facilities, in an area extending 1,100 hectares.