Health, Safety & Environment
We have developed a culture of high ethical standards, including high regard for the health, safety, and welfare of employees and respect for the individual. We strive to minimize the impact of our activities on the natural environment by careful planning and a responsible approach. Our high ethical standards are reflected in the way we conduct our business. We operate under the same strict environmental and safety standards worldwide, focused on implementing international standards for environmental, health and safety practices in all operations.
Oil and gas operations, by their nature, require commitment and daily vigilance at all levels of the Company to protect our employees, local communities, and the environment. Wherever we operate, we're focused on improving health and safety conditions to protect our employees, contractors, and the local community, while lessening the environmental footprint of our operations. In Albania, for example, we've invested approximately US$70 million since we've started operations in the Patos Marinza field, which has helped improve local environmental conditions and health and safety standards. Whether purchasing equipment or hiring contractors, we insist that they meet our safety and training standards.
We are committed to improving the environmental condition of the properties we operate. For example, as we reactivate wells in the Patos Marinza oilfield in Albania, we rehabilitate contaminated land and repair roads, often going beyond the boundaries of our own leases to help the local farmers by cleaning their drainage channels and extending the reconstruction or repair of roads for their benefit. We work closely with local communities to find optimal solutions for handling produced sands and rehabilitated soil. We are also exploring the feasibility of further treating the oil residue and soil and potentially utilizing the treated materials as road pavement material.