As part of our environmental responsibilities, we recognise that we operate in a water restricted region and that availability to fresh water is valuable. Therefore, it is a key priority of the Company to efficiently manage its water consumption and recycling practices as operations continue.

During the ESHIA process, particularly through environmental impact identification workshops, facilities and practices are designed to reduce water use to as low as reasonably possible. Genel has taken significant steps to reduce freshwater consumption by using produced water for the mixing of drilling mud. For example, between 2017-18 a total of 26.4ML of freshwater was saved by recycling produced water during drilling operations at Taq Taq. This represented 61% of the total water used for drilling during this period. Produced water that cannot be recycled is pumped into a non-producing well and last year Genel reinjected 715.28 ML of produced water.

Furthermore, for treated sewage wastewater effluent, Genel is investigating potential re-use for dust suppression or irrigation in compliance with the World Health Organisation’s regional standard for wastewater reuse in the East Mediterranean Region.

For the last two years Genel has not had a single incident in its operations that resulted in a Tier 1 (process safety) loss of primary containment. This means that there have been no unplanned or uncontrolled releases of hydrocarbons or hazardous substances.

This achievement reflects Genel’s focus on asset integrity to ensure minimal impact on the environment around our operations. In order to meet this high standard Genel has established a Tier 1 and 2 spill response plan in line with international best practice. Key highlights of the programme include periodic maintenance and testing of critical equipment, training for asset teams through the implementation of exercises and drills, and the preparation of site-specific tactical response plans. These plans, produced by the business units, are updated regularly and involve all relevant contractors where appropriate.

Water Pipeline at Taq Taq to increase water access of locals

In addition to being a responsible consumer of water in the region, Genel has sought to increase and improve local community access to 2019 Genel committed the necessary funds to construct a water pipeline that will transport water to 200 families/1100 people across five neighbouring villages surrounding our Taq Taq asset.

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