Statoil's requirements for impact assessments of Statoil-operated activities are based on both national requirements in the countries we operate and international guidance as set out in International Standards Organisation (ISO) Standard 14001 for environmental management systems, the Equator Principles and the International Finance Corporation's Performance Standards. The impact assessment process is an integral component of the overall risk management process in Statoil.
Key Statoil-operated activities for which impact assessments were carried out in 2011 included offshore exploration activities in Tanzania and in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska, as well as a number of development projects in Norway
Joint ventures and partner-operated projects
In joint ventures and partner-operated projects, we also endeavour to promote Statoil's principles for integrated impact assessment as a tool for achieving sustainable project performance. Examples of such projects currently in the planning phase include the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project (TAP) - a potential new gas pipeline from Greece via Albania to Italy - and the Shtokman gas field development in Russia.
The disclosure of information and an open dialogue with potentially affected communities and other stakeholders are key elements in the impact assessment process. Recognising that different countries have different procedures and routines for involving stakeholders, Statoil's ambition is to both comply with national requirements and to apply best practice as described in international requirements and guidance.
Where appropriate, we try to establish a dialogue directly with representatives of the affected communities and other stakeholders. In 2011, for example, direct consultations were held with potentially affected communities during the planning of the shallow hazard and seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea and when planning the drilling operation in Tanzania.