Health, Safety, Security, Environment

We are committed to protecting our people and the environment. How we operate and work to involve communities close to our operations is deeply rooted in our business philosophy.

Highlights of our HSSE Policy

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health & Safety Management Principle

Our vision is to maximise business value in harmony with sustainability. The goal remains to achieve World-Class Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Performance, that is, zero unsafe behaviours, supported by a culture of HSSE innovation. We aim to accomplish this intent by displaying ownership, responsibility, accountability and respect.

Safe Systems of Work

A system of work is a set of procedures according to which work must be carried out. Safe systems of work are required where hazards cannot be eliminated, and some risk still exists.

This means a regular review of the systems of work to ensure that they still reduce or minimise risk, and revision of these systems as necessary. NGC continues to advance its safe work systems beyond legal compliance to ensure that we continually refine our work procedures according to best practice, actively search for threats in our tasks, report all non-conformances, monitor and execute continuous improvement.

Affiliations

NGC collaborates with external stakeholders both in private and public sectors, advocating for HSSE matters relevant to the industry, and strives to maintain a synergistic relationship with regulators.

Affiliates include: The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T); Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA); Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago; Trinidad and Tobago. Emergency Mutual Aid Scheme (TTEMAS); Energy Sector Security Initiative.

Process Safety and Asset Integrity

Process Safety

Process Safety is a disciplined framework for managing the integrity of operating systems and processes handling hazardous substances by applying good design principles, engineering, and operating practices.

As a leader in the local energy sector it is our duty to manage our operations by the most reliable set of global standards for Process Safety. Coupled with our intention to be this country’s benchmark for operational excellence and become an outstanding international player in the global energy landscape, NGC’s commitment to manifest safety first is unshakeable.

NGC currently processes natural gas in the order of 1.4 bcf/ day. This output demands that we make an unconditional guarantee to our stakeholders of ZERO dangerous occurrences in this industry. We continue to develop our risk-based process safety management system to achieve this target.

Asset Integrity

Asset Integrity is a characteristic that describes the ability of an asset to function within its integrity operating window in a manner that safeguards life and the environment.

NGC’s Asset Integrity Management (AIM) framework forms a major part of our commitment to operational excellence through a risk-based Process Safety Management platform. The framework defines the components of NGC’s AIM system which are applicable through the asset’s life cycle – new projects, operating assets and plant commissioning. It considers that processing natural gas is an inherently risky operation and NGC must produce in a way not to cause injury to people or damage to the environment.

Public Safety

What to Do In the Event of a Release

 

Natural gas and natural gas liquids are potentially flammable and hazardous under certain conditions. If there is a pipeline rupture or leak you may detect the scent of rotting eggs, hear a hissing sound, see burnt vegetation or notice bubbles in the water near a right of way.

 

Should you notice any of these signs:

 

  • Leave the area ON FOOT and move upwind.
  • Immediately call our 24-hour emergency hotline at 800-4427.
  • Keep others away from area.
  • Don’t use cell phones or landlines until upwind of the area.
  • Don’t use matches, flashlights or anything can cause sparks.
  • Don’t start vehicles.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t turn any lights on or off.

If you are in an enclosed area:

 

  • Open up all doors and windows to allow the gas to escape.
  • Cover your nose with a damp towel or napkin.

Environment

NGC has an integrated HSSE Management System. The Company’s environmental goal is “zero environmental footprint”.

The HSSE goal will be achieved through the involvement of our stakeholders, who are our evaluators.

The environmental objectives are to:

  • Anticipate and reduce any emissions to air, water and land
  • Prevent and/or minimise the generation and impact of waste
  • Use energy efficiently
  • Develop environmentally improved products
  • Comply with Trinidad and Tobago’s Environmental Management Act and environmental regulations.

We will set challenging goals and objectives well beyond any legal requirements, focusing on being best in class. Performance will be continually benchmarked against the industry. NGC’s integrates our environmental objectives with all business processes and systems.

Our environmental initiatives include:

  • Reforestation Programme
  • Carbon Footprint Study
  • CNG Initiative
  • Energy Conservation
  • NGC ECO-Phoenix Environmental Club

Read Our Full Policy

Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE) is our priority