Looking after our land

We are committed to reducing our impact on Rumaila's land and environment in which we operate. In the past, this has not always been possible, so there are plenty of challenges ahead as we aim to reverse historical environmental damage to the land.

UXO clearance

In total, around 128 million m² of land has now been released for use – an area more than two-thirds the size of the surface area of Basra City. This followed the removal of over 300,000 items of unexploded ordnance, which at the time was one of the world's largest commercial UXO risk mitigation exercise ever undertaken.

Cleaning the land

Looking after the land is critical to our long-term future. Hydrocarbon-contaminated land is being brought back into use so that further modernization and development of the field can take place.

2 million m² of land remediated and ready to be brought back into use.

To date, a total of 2 million m² of land has been remediated and ready to be brought back into use. Following a comprehensive environmental baseline survey of all Rumaila production sites, 80 oil and produced-water pits and sites were identified as having hydrocarbon contamination. We are now removing these old contaminated pits and creating new properly lined engineered pits to capture the oil without contaminating the land; between 2013 and 2016, four million barrels of oil have been recovered for export from oil pits from sites across Rumaila.

Russian Pool oilpit

Before remediation

Russian Pool oilpit

After remediation

Waste Management

Construction of the new Rumaila Waste Centre (RWC) has enabled ROO to responsibly treat and recycle its waste. This is helping to reduce the demands on local landfill sites by separating what waste can be recycled, incinerate what is not required and improve the way any hazardous waste such as industrial chemicals is safely package and stored. Since commencing operation in 2016, the RWC has incinerated over 1,000 tonnes of waste, and segregated recyclable materials from the waste resulting in dozens of bales of plastic bottles, aluminium and tin cans, ready for recycling.

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