Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
This Peruvian South Pipeline Consortium (Enagas-Odebrecht) project includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 1,086-km natural gas pipeline. E & E subsidiary Walsh Peru developed the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the project to construct a new 100-km line in the Cusco region and conducted environmental baseline studies of the Puno (300+ km), Arequipa (10 km), Moquegua (100+ km) and Tacna (200 km) pipeline segments.
From Cusco through the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua, the pipeline route traverses mountains, jungle, and an agricultural valley before reaching the coast at Tacna. In addition to navigating onerous terrain, challenges included handling diverse areas of biological sensitivity in a variety of ecosystems. The route also passed through areas inhabited by indigenous communities.
Involve the Community
Walsh Peru combined a team of 35 environmental specialists with more than 50 local professionals to address ecosystem and biodiversity issues, and conducted more than 50 workshops and public hearings to invite citizen participation and to include indigenous communities in the process. Ultimately, we garnered the participation of more than 500 community members.
Energy Security and Economic Opportunity
Recognizing the broad community support of the project, authorities approved the environmental impact study. Traditionally an agricultural region deriving income from tobacco and cacao beans, the increased fuel and energy security brought to the South Andean region through this project can spur additional economic opportunities.
Walsh Peru is a leading environmental consulting company in Peru, specializing in providing consulting services to the oil and gas, mining, and power generation industries. The company has performed environmental work approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and is familiar with International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank requirements for investment and infrastructure projects.
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Rigorous schedule and lack of access
to field survey locations
When E & E began working with Williams on ASR in 2014, they stressed the need to be simultaneously thorough in assessing and identifying a route with minimal impact to the environment while also maintaining an aggressive in-service schedule. This meant addressing a full range of potential environmental issues outlined by FERC along 183 miles of greenfield pipeline traversing 5 states.
Complicating progress was the fact that a number of landowners refused access to wetland survey areas, which needed to be addressed to get a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit from USACE, which was critical to keep the project moving.