20-07-2020

Quarterly Environmental Self-Monitoring


According to an agreement between Black Sea Terminal (BST) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MoE), BST is obliged to conduct environmental monitoring of its facilities and the adjacent areas. The environmental monitoring process is described in the Environmental Monitoring and Measurement scheme approved by the MoE. This monitoring aims to measure, control and mitigate any negative impacts on the environment resulting from the operation of BST Terminal. Environmental monitoring is undertaken quarterly and includes soil and water sampling, noise level and air-quality monitoring at BST sites and adjacent areas.

 

Water monitoring includes the sampling of water from BST water treatment facilities, as well as the adjacent rivers and port channels. The water is sampled against common pollutants certified by a laboratory, including total petroleum hydrocarbons, ammonium and nitrogen.

 

Soil samples are tested against total petroleum hydrocarbon content. The samples are taken from BST sites that run the risk of contamination. Analysis is done using the chromatography method in a certified laboratory.

 

Noise level is measured in major BST facilities, including pump stations and workshops. Additionally, background noise levels are measured at the nearest inhabited locality and Kulevi secondary school to determine noise levels resulting from terminal operations. Specialized equipment is used to measure the noise level.

 

In order to control the maximally allowable concentration of air pollutants outside the terminal and at the workplace:

 

Air quality is also monitored at BST sites and at the nearest inhabited locale. The total amount of hydrocarbons and benzene is monitored using a photoionization detector.

In order for the results to be comparable, GPS coordinates of all sampling points are recorded. Additionally, meteorological conditions such as air temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction are also recorded.

 

After monitoring was conducted in Q2, all parameters were found to be within the respective limits. As for the noise levels in and around major BST facilities (pump station, boiler and workshops), the use of ear protection for personnel is recommended.   

 

Aside from the quarterly environmental self-monitoring, the BST’s environmental team collects various kinds of data form different departments – this includes fuel and raw material consumption, pump and generator running hours, amount of dredged material, product turnover, the amount of used chemicals, electricity consumption, water consumption, waste generation amounts and so on. The data is then analyzed and is compiled in monthly and quarterly reports. Finally, all data is collected and placed into an annual environmental report and sent to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

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