The Ministry of Environmental Affairs denied news that PT Lapindo Brantas was given Proper Green award. The Ministry clarified that Lapindo company which was given Green award was not the Lapindo located at the District of Porong in the Regency of Sidoardjo East Java. “It’s not the Lapindo located in Sidoardjo, East Java. It’s in another location, it’s not the Lapindo which was troubled by environmental problem” Masnellyati Hilman, Deputy IV of Poisonous and Hazardous Materials (B3) Management disclosed to Business News (14/121).
The criteria of “Green” used as reference in evaluating Lapindo was not groundless or loosely made. In fact the Ministry and the “PROPER” Technical Appraisal Team had been strict and through about judging company’s obedience. “Lapindo deserve to get the award because they meet all the requirements in terms of water and air pollution control and control over B-3 wastage and conservation of biodiversity”.
In addition to that Lapindo and other companies which had been given the Green Award had succeeded in maintaining energy efficiency. The Ministry and the Team also rated that the award winning companies which were categorized into Blue, Red and even black had undergone through evaluation. “It’s impossible for us not to investigate. If they make any mistake we can detect. We also monitor grievances of the surrounding communities. If there was any complaint at all it is impossible for the companies to win the Blue, Green, or Gold. The communities would report to us and based on that we evaluate” Masnellyati Hilman remarked.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs Balthasar Kambuaya in his stipulation mentioned that Lapindo Brantas of Bunut Unit won the Green award together with 118 other companies. The final conclusion was based on performance evaluation over 1,327 companies for the period from July 2011 to June 2012. Kambuaya explained about the content of Letter of Stipulation of Evaluation outcome. The award was directly given by Vice President Boediono and Minister of Environmental Affairs Balthasar Kambuaya on Monday night (3/12).
Proper’s appraisal for companies was an annual program conducted by the Ministry of Environment (KLH). In their official statement, the Ministry of KLH mentioned that Proper was the Government’s policy to step up company’s performance in environmental management as guidelined in the Law and regulations.
Meanwhile PT Medco E&P Indonesia, a subsidiary company of PT Madco Energy Inetrnational Tbk again won the highest award in the Company’s Performance Rating Program (PROPER) conducted by the Ministry of Environmental Affairs, PT Medco E&P Indonesia became the first oil & gas company which managed to win Gold Award for two consecutive years 2011 and 2012) through Block Rimau project in South Sumatra.
Beside winning Gold Award, PT Medco EP Indonesia was also awarded the Green Award for their 4 oil-gas exploration zones, i.e. Block South Sumatra extention in South Sumatra, Block Kemper, Riau, Block Tarakan and Sembakung in East Kalimantan and Blue Award for Block Lematang in South Sumatra. The Gold Proper Award was presented by Vice President Boediono in Jakarta on Monday, December 3, 2012 and was received by President Director of Medco E&P Indonesia Frila Berlini Yaman. “Presentation of the PROPER award was to enhance company’s concern in environmental management,” lmron Ghazali, Head of Corporate Secretary of Medco told Business News (4/12).
Since 2011 until today there were eight criteria for appraisal to win the Gold and Green PROPER which had been applied by PT Medco E&P Indonesia, among others effective environmental management, energy and natural resources conservation program, energy efficiency program, effective B-3 wastage management, proper policy on conservation of bio-diversity, and Waste Treatment Center. Other aspects of appraisal which was top seeded this year was nature school for farmers or the surrounding communities to enable them to develop economy sustainably and independently. Evidently in this year 2012 PT Medco E&P Indonesia had succeeded in generating new groups on the basis of people’s empowerment. Among others the Karang Taruna Lais (producing recycle paper and plastic wastage), the Family Eel Rearing of Tabuan Asri Village (pilot project for organic drugs) and Sustainable Environmentally Friendly Farming managing SRI organic rice.
“This achievement is one of our successes in running company’s mission, i.e to be the foremost in environmental protectrion and management and social responsibility and at the same time to strengthen our resolution to be The Energy Company of Choice”.
Medco Energy was an integrated public energy enterprise with focus on exploration and production of oil and gas. Medco Energy was running operations in Indonesia including among others 10 oil gas blocks, maintaining right of ownership of 3 blocks and participating in exploration fields. In other countries Medco Energy was operating in Oman, Yaman, Lybia and Gulf of Mexico and in the USA. Medco also operated some gas and steam generators to supply electricity to the State Electricity Company PLN, producing Liquefied Petroleum gas, bio-ethanol, coal and was also involved in trading and distribution of High Speed Diesel.
Business News - December 7, 2012