ESC undertakes in-depth Environmental Impact Study at one of the World’s Largest Floating Solar PV Systems
The Public Utilities Board project at Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore will install a 60 MWp (Megawatt peak) floating solar PV system that will cover approximately one-third of the reservoir surface.
As an expert in the field of environmental impact assessments, we were appointed to understand the potential impacts of installing the solar PV system on the water quality and flora and fauna of the reservoir, as well as carrying out the environmental monitoring and management plan (EMMP) for pre, during and post-construction of the project.
This study involved extensive survey work including setting camera traps to record animals, carrying out in-depth surveys of the flora and fauna and analyzing water quality, aspects we have great experience in.
The Tengeh Reservoir solar PV system is just one of several renewable energy projects which are driving Singapore towards more sustainable methods of energy production. With land scarce in Singapore and solar energy developments requiring significant amounts of space, the large surface areas of Singapore’s reservoirs present great potential for solar energy generation. Solar energy is presently considered the most technically and economically viable renewable energy option for Singapore.
ESC responds to new post-circuit breaker Safe Management Measures in Singapore
In line with the advisory from Singapore’s tripartite partners – Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trade Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers federation recently announced that employers must put in place safe management measures at workplaces to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the community. Such measures need to be in place before operations can resume.
Safe Management Measures include implementing a detailed monitoring plan to ensure compliance and appointing a Safe Management Officer (SMO) to assist in the implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the safety measures.
How ESC can help
ESC understands the need for lowering risk in communities to monitor employees’ health and safety. That is why our Consultants are continuously working to develop and provide useful tools to help organizations manage the risks on their day to day operations.
ESC Singapore offers to give a Free Safe Management Checklist and a 1-on-1 exclusive call on how to implement Safe Management Measures at workplaces. Get the Checklist here.
ESC preparing Indonesia’s first IFC compliant EIA
ESC has a long history of producing Environmental Impact Assessments for high profile energy, waste, and remediation projects throughout South East Asia. However, the assessment at the Abadi Gas Fields is the first in Indonesia to seek to integrate the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) comprehensive requirements into the robust Indonesian EIA process. The LNG project is being jointly developed by Inpex and the Indonesian government, at US$20bn represents one of the world’s biggest-ever export ventures. IFC’s mission is to boost sustainable growth in Indonesia.
The Abadi Gas Fields, lying 93 miles offshore of Maluku in the Arafura sea, were discovered by Inpex in 2000 and represent one of the largest gas fields ever discovered in Indonesian waters.
For projects of this scale, it is important and moreover a legal requirement, that developers conduct a detailed assessment of the potential impacts which the development may have on the physical environment, ecology, and diverse societies with strong traditional and customary ties to the region. As a leader in our field, with a strong background in producing EIAs for the petroleum industry in Indonesia and applying IFC PS requirements to large projects, we bring with us a deep understanding of the local regulatory framework and unique challenges which projects of this magnitude can present.
BlueKanGo software bridges the communication gap between workshop and management teams
Hamworthy Pumps Singapore implements ESC’s BlueKanGo Hazard Identification and Incident Reporting platform across its sites in Singapore and the U.K.
Hamworthy Pumps will install the óff the shelf’ platform to ensure that any hazards and incidents in their workshops are promptly and efficiently dealt with.
Shop-floor staff absolutely love BlueKanGo’s real-time notifications and trigger functions – they can use their devices to report any incidents and even escalate straight to the top management. BlueKanGo software bridges the communication gap between workshop and management teams and takes away the pain of paper-based systems facilitating a faster and more targeted response to potentially unsafe situations, in the click of a button.
More Singapore-based companies are taking their QEHS online with BlueKanGo
Oil & Gas – Banyan Caverns Storage Services (BCSS) implements ESC’s BlueKanGo e-Permit to Work System.
Banyan Caverns operates a 180,000 m3 underground crude oil storage facility, 130 metres below Singapore’s Jurong Island. BlueKanGo electronic Permit to Work (e-PTW) system is ready to go live in as little as 4 weeks, and is providing a wealth of benefits for BCSS, including a 50% reduction in administrative hours over and above a paper-based system.
In an industry where safety is key, the e-PTW platform provides management with greater visibility on active permits, enhanced control and monitoring of sub-contractor’s work practices and an increased confidence in the consistency and accuracy of the information contained within each permit, creating a safer working environment for all!
ESC awarded QEHS software project by BPJV
ESC Singapore won another project for the implementation of BlueKanGo’s QEHS software in Singapore. We will be implementing modules to boost productivity and safety performance at a project site of Boskalis and PENTA-OCEAN (Joint Venture) in Pulau Tekong.
With our mobile-friendly solution that works offline, they will be able to digitise the safety processes of their remote construction site.
Here are some project details from the PENTA-OCEAN website (http://www.penta-ocean.co.jp/english/updates/2018/180418.html):
“Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Penta-Ocean”) was recently awarded the Construction of Polder at Areas A and C of Pulau Tekong in joint venture with Boskalis International BV Company (Netherlands) by the Housing & Development Board of Singapore (HDB) with a contract value of SGD 1.23 billion (JPY 99.9 billion). Penta-Ocean has a share value of approximately JPY 48.9 billion (49%) in the joint venture. The construction period of the project is 4 years and slated for completion in April 2022.
This project will add about 810 ha of new land at the north-western tip of Singapore’s Pulau Tekong island. This is the first time a Polder is to be constructed in the country. The project works include the construction and reinforcement of a 10-kilometre long dike surrounding the polder, earthworks and the construction of a network of drains, water pumping systems and canals.”
ESC Submits Singapore’s First Safety Case
ESC submits Singapore’s first Safety Case – in 2016 Singapore introduced new Safety Case regulations to mitigate risks at Major Hazard Installations, ESC is assisting several clients to prepare their safety cases. We successfully gained approval for the first Safety Case submitted in Singapore, under the new laws in 2018.
ESC was appointed to prepare the Safety Case according to Singapore MHI Technical and Assessment Guidelines, including identification of Major Accident Hazards (MAHs), Major Accident Scenarios (MASs) and Safety Critical Events (SCEs), As Low As Reasonable Practicable (ALARP) Demonstration and preparation of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
ESC SG awarded S$2M Environmental Impact Assessment by PUB
ESC SG was awarded the S$2M Environmental Impact Assessment for new water pipelines in Singapore, by the Public Utilities Board (PUB).
The PUB had issued an invitation to tender to undertake the consultancy services for Environmental Impact Assessment for the deployment of Environmental Impact Assessment for Proposed Water Pipelines from Bukit Kalang to Upper Thomson Road.
The scope of work calls for a team of specialists to undertake the detail planning for the EIA for the water pipeline projects. The scope of work for ESC will be to Identify all potential environmental receptors within the vicinities of the work sites at the two project sites; undertake scoping the EIA with relevant agencies and stakeholders; carry out baseline and biodiversity survey and collate relevant data for the EIA, and to manage and prepare the overall EIA for the PUB. ESC also needs to provide mitigation measures and management practices to reduce the impacts of the Project on the Environment. ESC has brought together a team of Singapore based, skilled professionals with proven track records and extensive experience and knowledge from the Environmental sector in the preparation and delivery of Environmental Impact Studies.
ESC to Prepare Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Indonesia
INPEX Masela Ltd. originally proposed developing the Abadi gas field using a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) production facility supported by a Logistics Supply Base located on Yamdena Island in the Tanimbar Islands in East Indonesia. In 2016 the government decided to develop the Abadi gas field using an Onshore LNG (OLNG) plant based on two trains with a capacity of 4.75 MTPA each. In 2018 the government and Inpex appointed ESC to prepare the environmental and social impact assessment for this government priority project to conform to both, regulatory and IFC requirements.