Environics, in association with Environmental Resources Management Ltd (ERM), was commissioned by PetroWEB, part of the Cheiron Group (CG) of companies, to carry out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study of West El Burullus (WEB) Field Development Project. The study aimed at identifying and assessing the potential environmental and social impacts associated with the installation, pre-commissioning, commissioning and operation of the WEB Project.
The WEB Project comprised of the development of West El Burullus and Papyrus fields for extraction of gas and condensates which are located in water depths of the WEB offshore concession, in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt.
The ESIA was undertaken in compliance with the requirements Egyptian Law Concerning the Environment, Law No. 4, 1994 and its associated Executive Regulations, IFC/World Bank Performance Standards and EHS Guidelines and Corporate Standards (Good International Industry Practice (GIIP)).
The social assessment for WEB Project entailed a number of desktop and field-based techniques were used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Environics conducted a series of key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs) with potentially affected stakeholder groups, mainly fishermen and shell fish collectors on Idku shore (Idku City) and El Maadeya Port (El Maadeya Local Unit LU), in addition to various Council representatives, land owners and an Idku Beach Guard.
The main finding results, as well as the recommended actions and interventions proposed to help the project to be socially accountable to itself, its stakeholders, and the public; and to also guide project management to minimize risks and adverse impacts were provided in the Socio-economic Baseline Report.
In addition, a public consultation meeting was held to present West El Burullus Gas Field Development Project and its ESIA study results to the various project stakeholders.