Carried out in close consultation with the Falkland Island Government (FIG), the study was strategic in nature and covered a range of issues including employment, economic development, local business development, immigration, accommodation, infrastructure, inflation, environmental management, governance, culture and lifestyle and social equity. It addressed key issues and impacts and developed mitigation measures for managing non-technical risk and improving Rockhopper’s social performance. Findings from the study included identification of areas in which leadership by FIG was also required.
The study involved extensive stakeholder consultation, issues analysis and scenario development. We mobilised an international team with skills in small island development, petroleum economics, stakeholder engagement, HSE and social performance in the oil and gas sector. Drawing on the team’s broad experience with oil development in remote areas, we designed a tailor-made impact study that resulted in a series of recommendations for Rockhopper and FIG. The study included a review of key lessons from suitable comparators including the Orkneys, the Shetland Islands, Newfoundland and Norway.