SIA Support and Capacity Building

Marathon Oil commissioned Plexus to support the preparation of an ESIA for an onshore oil exploration drilling programme in Kurdistan. The objective was to assist the in-country consultants to prepare an ESIA that met Marathon’s and international standards and to build local capacity in the area of SIA, stakeholder engagement and social baseline studies.

Deliverables

Plexus carried out an analysis of existing project documentation and provided feedback on the scope and content of the ESIA. Following a visit to Marathon’s exploration block in Eastern Kurdistan, Plexus held meetings with Marathon and the in-country ESIA contractor and conducted a ESIA and consultation planning workshop. Plexus carried out a scoping exercise and prepared terms of reference for the ESIA and the social baseline. Plexus also provided on-going support, mentoring and review of the ESIA process and advised on the project’s stakeholder engagement approach.

Outcomes

The project resulted in a more complete ESIA to support Marathon’s drilling programme. It demonstrated that in areas where the skills of government and consultants are still emerging,ongoing capacity building regarding international expectations and best practice in ESIA design, scoping and stakeholder engagement is required.

Client

Marathon Oil

Location

Iraqi Kurdistan

SIA Support and Capacity Building

Client

Marathon Oil

Location

Iraqi Kurdistan

Marathon Oil commissioned Plexus to support the preparation of an ESIA for an onshore oil exploration drilling programme in Kurdistan. The objective was to assist the in-country consultants to prepare an ESIA that met Marathon’s and international standards and to build local capacity in the area of SIA, stakeholder engagement and social baseline studies.

Deliverables

Plexus carried out an analysis of existing project documentation and provided feedback on the scope and content of the ESIA. Following a visit to Marathon’s exploration block in Eastern Kurdistan, Plexus held meetings with Marathon and the in-country ESIA contractor and conducted a ESIA and consultation planning workshop. Plexus carried out a scoping exercise and prepared terms of reference for the ESIA and the social baseline. Plexus also provided on-going support, mentoring and review of the ESIA process and advised on the project’s stakeholder engagement approach.

Outcomes

The project resulted in a more complete ESIA to support Marathon’s drilling programme. It demonstrated that in areas where the skills of government and consultants are still emerging,ongoing capacity building regarding international expectations and best practice in ESIA design, scoping and stakeholder engagement is required.