Dragon LNG undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), consulting with over 50 organisations, including local interest groups and statutory and non-statutory bodies. This led to the production of an Environmental Statement. The EIA concluded that the construction of the liquefied natural gas tanks and associated infrastructure (pipeline and works to an existing jetty) would not have an adverse impact upon the local environment of the Milford Haven area.
Key concerns were addressed to safeguard the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation by reducing the visual impact of the facility and minimising loss of terrestrial habitat. In all cases, a minimum impact philosophy was adopted and the final landscaping and water features provide environmental gain in terms of biodiversity and nature conservation. Dragon has completed several projects to enhance the natural environment such as planting a wild flower meadow, developing a reptile friendly area and grazing rare breeds.
The required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Licence was issued once the licensing authority was convinced that the best technology available was being used to operate and manage the terminal. This eliminates or minimises any ensuing emissions that might cause possible damage to the environment. All facilities have multiple containment systems, proven operational procedures and many other processes to ensure all activities are carried out efficiently.
Dragon LNG has conducted studies to confirm that it does not contribute to any significant changes in local air quality. Generally speaking, natural gas contains few impurities, such as sulphur for instance, so even the minimal emissions from Dragon are considered to be clean.
Dragon has an Environmental Management System (EMS) which meets the requirements of ISO14001. This ensures all our operational activities that impact the environment are risk assessed. Based on the environmental risk assessment, actions are put in place to eliminate, reduce and mitigate environmental impact.
(Copies of our Health, Safety and Environmental policy are available on request. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at Dragon LNG, Main Road, Waterston, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1DR.)