The Sable Offshore Energy Project is committed to conducting business in a manner that is compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the communities in which it operates. This commitment requires compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, facilities that are designed and operated to a high standard and the systematic identification and management of safety, security, health, and environmental risks.
These commitments are documented in our safety, health, environmental, and security policies. These policies are put into practice through a disciplined management framework called Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS). The OIMS framework establishes common worldwide expectations for controlling Operations Integrity risks inherent in its businesses.
The Sable Project OIMS, as well as regulatory requirements, require that numerous plans, programs, systems, processes and procedures be put in place to manage safety, security, health, and environment issues.
We have introduced Protect Tomorrow. Today, a set of expectations that serves as the foundation for our environmental performance. Guided by a scientific understanding of the environmental impacts and related risks of our operations, as well as the social and economic needs of the communities in which we do business, these principles have become an integral part of our day-to-day work. The three key principles of Protect Tomorrow. Today. are:
- Delivery of superior environmental performance, leading to a competitive advantage;
- Driving environmental incidents with real impact to zero, through a process of continuous improvement; and
- Achieving industry leadership in focus areas valuable to the business.
These principles, along with the environmental policy, helped define a set of environmental performance expectations. We systematically identify, assess, manage and monitor these risks throughout the life cycle of our work. Our pursuit of superior environmental performance is founded on a thorough understanding of local regulatory, environmental, socioeconomic and health contexts. Early on and throughout an asset’s life cycle, we identify potential risks through our Environmental Aspects Assessment (EAA) and Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) processes. We also prepare Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Management Plans and Environmental Business Plans (EBPs) to guide the implementation of mitigation and monitoring strategies aimed at effectively managing impacts and their associated risks. We integrate stakeholder engagement into this effort throughout the asset life cycle.
The ability to respond to emergencies promptly is a critical aspect of our business. Effective emergency preparedness and response depends on competent response teams.
We have established strategic Emergency Support Groups (ESGs) consisting of a wide range of ExxonMobil employees. We routinely train ESG members on a range of possible scenarios, including simulated spills, fires, explosions, natural disasters and security incidents. Each Sable Project facility and business unit has access to a wide array of trained responders, including our Regional Response Teams (RRTs). Our three RRTs – North America; Europe, Africa and Middle East; and Asia Pacific – comprise approximately 500 ExxonMobil personnel trained on one consistent system with common roles and responsibilities. They provide rapid professional support when needed.