During the last decade, advances in the transformation of Petroleum, Oil& Gas resources have contributed enormously to meeting global energy demand efficiently and facilitating economic development. However, it does have its own negative impact on the environment and adversely affects human health especially in most Oil producing communities around the world. ITFI cares about empowering the world with progressivereinforcement of best practices in energy production, intertwinedwith Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER).
At ITFI, all our waste management practices align with the statement “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. For us, reducing pollution and responsible waste management are the most important part of our extensive eco-friendly, strategy. This is quite critical, as we understand that any material which has not been recycled or reused will ultimately end up as a dangerous toxin in the environment, onshore and offshore.
Waste materials which are biodegradable and in compliance with the regulatory requirements, will mostly be discharged deep inside the seabed. Those wastes which pose a potential threat to the environment if discharged at the sea, are brought to the shore for proper disposal. Our years of experience in waste management coupled with the best experts in the world, have helped us to develop an effective system for the collection, transportation and disposal of waste materials.
Methods of disposal
We use several methods of disposal depending on the severity and type of waste. The most common methods used by us are
Before commencing any project, we undertake a screening process to identify the possible social and environmental impacts. This includes possible impacts on land, aquatic environment and atmosphere. Our team of highly skilled researchers and environmental experts have been instrumental in implementing better control techniques during the process of Oil drilling, and capturing high methane-rich natural Gas from Oil fields instead of burning it in flares. We use control equipment such as bag filters, electrostatic precipitators, and scrubber to filter out any hazardous pollutants before releasing the emissions into the air. Water sprays are used to clear out chemical contaminants and dust emissions.
At ITFI we have sought to minimize drilling waste and associated environmental impacts in the following ways:
As solid waste cannot be recycled before its final disposal, we implement specialized treatment to nullify any hazardous toxins which might be present. We use different methods depending on the nature of waste. This includes chemical immobilization, incineration, controlled landfill disposal, burning in cement kilns, encapsulation, etc.
Another method of waste management is through slurry injection, in which the solid particles are grounded to form a fine powder and injected deep into the underground by means of a dedicated well. The slurry injection is the only method by which solid waste can completely be removed from the biosphere. However, the cost factor is a major concern as high pressure has to be generated to crack through the underground rocks.
In addition, all our waste transport systems are specially designed to effectively transport hazardous waste from the point of generation to waste management and recycling destination.