SOCO is committed to conducting all business activities in a responsible manner to ensure the protection of the environment. Relative to our industry sector, our environmental impact is comparatively low, due to our small scale of operations and corporate organisation. Our objective is for the impact to remain low through continuous monitoring and responsive action. 

During 2010, five of our licences were in the preliminary stages of exploration, one in pre-production appraisal and development and one in the early stages of production. This positions us to implement best practice at the beginning of each project. This also explains the lack of year-on-year data comparison tables.

Key Environmental Milestones for Vietnam and Nganzi Operations

Achieved 2010
Target 2011
Operations offshore Ca Ngu Vang field development project  achieved Environmental Certification issued by the Vietnam Government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on 24 May 2010
Complete the submission for Environmental Certification for the TGT field.
Environmental and Waste Management Programme fully executed on Nganzi Block operations, achieving international standards and exceeding all DRC regulatory commitments
Full restoration of the Nganzi drilling sites, with engagement with local communities and authorities regarding their final use.



Scope 1 direct emissions from our operations remain minimal, as the only licence in the production phase during 2010 was Block 9-2 in Vietnam. Fugitive emissions from this production are maintained at negligible amounts.

Indirect emissions through energy consumption within our business are kept low, through energy saving measures, such as lighting controlled by movement sensors. Our corporate office in London uses less energy than the qualifying threshold for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme in the UK. Consequential emissions resulting from our activities but occurring outside of the business are difficult to measure but we endeavour to keep these to a minimum. For example, corporate travel is carried out only as essential. We utilise services to recycle office equipment, furniture, stationery and packaging.


Unplanned Discharges

There were no unplanned discharges during 2010. However, the possible occurrence of an oil or chemical spillage poses a potentially significant risk to the environment. Our HSE Management System includes procedures and guidelines for incident prevention, reporting and mitigation. In preparation for the onset of production from the TGT field offshore Vietnam scheduled for August 2011, a specific oil spill response plan was prepared by HLJOC and approved in August 2010 by the national oil company, Petrovietnam, and the provincial government of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.


Waste Management


In Vietnam, all wastewater and sewage is treated prior to discharge. Solid waste is collected, segregated and transported to shore by supply boats in compliance with the Vietnamese Hazardous Waste Management legislation. 

On arrival ashore, an authorised contractor for waste disposal services segregates for further recycling (i.e. plastics, papers, wood, etc.) or disposal under an arrangement with public services of Vung Tau City. Hazardous waste is stored in a designated area before transportation to waste disposal facilities in compliance with Hazardous Waste Management local regulations.


An effective system of waste management was integral to the objective of keeping our environmental impact low at the start-up operations site on the Nganzi Block. An Environmental and Waste Management Programme was successfully executed and involved procedures for storage and onward disposal or recycling. The programme achieved international standards and exceeded all DRC regulatory commitments.


Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)

EIAs are carried out at all locations prior to initiating exploration activities. Accordingly, EIAs were carried out over the Nganzi Block, onshore DRC and over Marine XIV offshore Congo (Brazzaville) during 2010. An EIA has been carried out over Block V, onshore DRC, in early 2011.


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