Seascape Visual Impact Assessment

El Paso Energy commissioned Plexus to carry out a seascape visual impact assessment (VIA) of a planned near-shore oil and gas development near Camamu Bay in Brazil. The project was located in an environmentally sensitive area known for its fishing and tourist activities. The objective was to prepare a detailed evaluation of all visual impacts on seascape character and to identify suitable mitigation options.

Deliverables

Plexus mobilised a multi-disciplinary team of VIA, visualisation, coastal zone management, ESIA, community relations and environmental permitting experts. Plexus reviewed the project concept and visited the project location. The visit featured a detailed review of existing aerial photography and mapping of the area, coupled with extensive stakeholder engagement with fishing communities and tourism representatives.

A range of locations from which the project would potentially be visible were identified and a visual sensitivity map was prepared which formed the basis for technical recommendations on project siting, design and stakeholder engagement. Plexus also benchmarked best practices in the area of VIA and prepared a review of comparable projects around the world.

Outcomes

Alongside the VIA, Plexus made actionable recommendation in regard to project design, siting and permitting. Plexus also reviewed the ESIA and provided recommendations regarding the impact of lighting and flaring on migratory birds and marine turtles and worked with the project design team on mitigation options relating such as platform design, colour scheme, flaring practices and platform lighting.

Client

El Paso Energy

Location

Brazil

Seascape Visual Impact Assessment

Client

El Paso Energy

Location

Brazil

El Paso Energy commissioned Plexus to carry out a seascape visual impact assessment (VIA) of a planned near-shore oil and gas development near Camamu Bay in Brazil. The project was located in an environmentally sensitive area known for its fishing and tourist activities. The objective was to prepare a detailed evaluation of all visual impacts on seascape character and to identify suitable mitigation options.

Deliverables

Plexus mobilised a multi-disciplinary team of VIA, visualisation, coastal zone management, ESIA, community relations and environmental permitting experts. Plexus reviewed the project concept and visited the project location. The visit featured a detailed review of existing aerial photography and mapping of the area, coupled with extensive stakeholder engagement with fishing communities and tourism representatives.

A range of locations from which the project would potentially be visible were identified and a visual sensitivity map was prepared which formed the basis for technical recommendations on project siting, design and stakeholder engagement. Plexus also benchmarked best practices in the area of VIA and prepared a review of comparable projects around the world.

Outcomes

Alongside the VIA, Plexus made actionable recommendation in regard to project design, siting and permitting. Plexus also reviewed the ESIA and provided recommendations regarding the impact of lighting and flaring on migratory birds and marine turtles and worked with the project design team on mitigation options relating such as platform design, colour scheme, flaring practices and platform lighting.