ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE MONITORING


Large infrastructure projects in third-world countries are typically carried out by major industrial firms with financial backing from banking entities such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), export credit agencies (ECA) and large commercial banks referred to as Equator Banks because of a common approach to financing such projects known as the Equator Principles. These projects require a multidisciplinary technical team to review activities related to management of environmental and social issues during project construction and operation and to independently monitor compliance with IFC guidelines and project Environmental Management Plan (EMP) commitments. D’Appolonia is currently leading three such technical teams for monitoring the installation of oil pipelines in Asia, Africa and South America. Technical disciplines typically represented on Third Party Monitoring Teams include environmental and ecological management, social management and resettlement, public and occupational health, safety, and cultural resources management.



Petroleum pipeline construction in the nation of Georgia.



Some typical projects where D'Appolonia has provided services related to environmental compliance monitoring are provided in the following:


EXAMPLE PROJECTS


Environmental Compliance Monitoring - Chad/Cameroon Project

D’Appolonia was retained by a pipeline development consortium comprising Exxon Mobil, Petronas of Malaysia, and Chevron Texaco to perform environmental audits of construction of a petroleum pipeling extend from Chad through Cameroon to the Altantic Ocean. In this role we acted as independent environmental auditor for all project activities. The audit team addressed issues pertaining to socioeconomics, wildlife management, cultural resource management, environmental management and personal health and safety.


Compliance Monitoring for BTC Pipeline and ACG Phase I Projects

D’Appolonia was retained as the Independent Environmental Consultant (IEC) for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Project (BTC Project) and for the Azeri, Chirag and the Deepwater Gunashli Phase 1 Project (Phase 1 Project) by a Lender Group that included the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. D’Appolonia has been responsible for advising and assisting the Lender Group with environmental compliance monitoring issues during construction of the two projects.


Evaluation of Hydroelectric Project in Argentina

As part of an economic privatization plan, the government of Argentina solicited public bids for studies of the Piedra del Aguila Hydroelectric Project. D’Appolonia was retained by Duke Engineering & Services (DE&S) to perform an environmental evaluation of the facility. The evaluation included review of documentation, study of applicable environmental regulations, identification of environmental issues, preparation of technical recommendations, and projection of capital and operation and maintenance costs for a 20-year period.


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