Posted on May 26, 2014

Maersk Oil Qatar’s (MOQ) Environmental Management System (EMS) has been successfully re-certified to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001:2004. The ISO 14001:2004 certification is a globally accepted standard for environmental management systems indicating that Maersk Oil Qatar – operator of Qatar’s largest offshore oil field, Al Shaheen - has identified the environmental aspects of its operations, adheres to regulatory requirements and takes a systematic approach to continuously improving its performance.

MOQ’s Managing Director, Lewis Affleck, says: “Maersk Oil places the utmost importance on environmental responsibility and we are committed to conducting our operations responsibly and in compliance with the laws of the State of Qatar, and in line with accepted international regulations and standards. We regularly review our operational and production process to ensure all environmental controls are robust and monitored across the Al Shaheen field.”

According to the ISO, a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, the ISO 14001:2004 certification enables an organisation to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, continually improve its environmental performance and implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets. The certification is determined based on an external audit process that includes programme reviews, interviews, reviews of documents and records and physical observations. (

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Maersk Oil Qatar’s ISO 14001:2004 accreditation underscores our commitment to fulfil our environmental responsibility. While conducting an audit of this scale is intensive, it is a highly important process,” says Andy Pearce,  Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at MOQ. “Our EMS allows us to manage and minimise our environmental impacts through a process of setting objectives and targets to continually improve performance, and meet environmental laws and regulation. It also plays an important role in supporting emission reductions, minimising discharges to the marine environment and using resources efficiently,” he continues.

Together with Qatar Petroleum (QP), Maersk Oil have successfully reduced gas flaring from the Al Shaheen field to an absolute minimum - a rare accomplishment in the industry. A 90% reduction in flaring was achieved between 2007 - 2013 by capturing previously flared gas and transferring it onshore for power generation, thereby increasing the national electricity supply, providing employment and transferring technical knowledge to local industry.  As a result of its approach to environmental management, the project’s gas gathering system was recognised as the world’s largest Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project by the UNFCC, as part of the Kyoto Protocol.