Total is able to begin its exploration marketing campaign on the Guyane Maritime license, situated 93.2 mi (150 km) off the French Guyana coast, within the days following the arrival of the drilling ship on website, as licensed by the prefectoral decree dated October 22, 2018.
Conscious of the questions that this marketing campaign might elevate, Total needs to spotlight that it’s a accountable firm that conducts operations whereas consistently in search of to attenuate the environmental threat and is decided to behave with transparency. As such, Total commits to the next:
Total clearly doesn’t conduct drilling operations in coral reefs
The closest reef recognized is situated 18.6 mi (30 km) from the drilling level and isn’t coral. According to the scientists who carried out a 50-day oceanographic survey on-site in 2017, together with these from the Paris National Museum of Natural History, it’s a discontinuous rocky plateau, on the sting of the continental shelf, presenting scattered organic communities the place lots of of samples have been taken for research (see images). This plateau is situated 18.6 mi (30 km) from the drilling level and at 328 ft (100 m) water depth (in comparison with 6561.68 ft, or 2,000 m, water depth on the drilling space, see maps).
Total will perform its drilling marketing campaign with transparency
Practically, which means Total will report on the progress of its work all through the drilling course of, as a part of the Committee for Monitoring and Consultation. This fee, led by the authorities, contains roughly 50 financial and social actors.
This strategy follows public conferences that Total held in 2017 at its personal initiative in a number of Guyanese cities. The Group has additionally made obtainable to most of the people the complete file of its exploration mission, together with the Environmental Impact evaluation, acknowledged for its high quality by the Environmental Authority.
Total invitations NGOs, who want to take action, to go to its installations to know the precautionary measures taken on its drilling rig and to create a possibility for reasoned dialogue.
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Total stresses that there are 200 folks on board its drilling ship and the 5 help vessels round it. Their security is absolutely the precedence. As such, a security perimeter forbids navigation of all unauthorized watercraft inside 500 m of the properly, in compliance with present laws.
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