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Annual Environmental Monitoring Report for 2020

The 2020 Environmental Monitoring Report has been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. According to an agreement between Black Sea Terminal (BST) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MoE), BST will conduct environmental monitoring of BST facilities and the adjacent areas. The environmental monitoring process is described in the Environmental Monitoring and Measurement scheme approved by the MoE.


Environmental monitoring is aimed at measuring, controlling and mitigating any negative influence on the environment resulting from the operation of BST. This in annual environmental monitoring includes soil and water sampling, as well as noise level and air-quality monitoring at BST sites and adjacent areas.


Water monitoring includes the sampling of water from BST water treatment facilities, adjacent rivers and port channels. Water is sampled against common pollutants certified by a laboratory, including total petroleum hydrocarbons, ammonium nitrogen etc.


Soil samples are tested against total petroleum hydrocarbon content. Soil samples are taken from BST sites from places that risk contamination. Analyses is done using the chromatography method in a certified laboratory.


Noise levels are measured in major BST facilities including pump stations and workshops. Additionally, background noise levels are measured at the nearest inhabited locality and Kulevi Secondary school to determine the level of noise resulting from operation of the BST. Specialized equipment is used for noise level measurements.


In order to control the maximally allowable concentration of air pollutants outside the terminal and at the workplace:


Air quality is monitored at BST sites and at the nearest locality. The total amount of hydrocarbons and benzene are monitored using a photoionization detector. In order for the results to be comparable, the GPS coordinates of all sampling points are recorded. Additionally, meteorological conditions such as air temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction are recorded.


After monitoring was conducted, all parameters were found to be within acceptable limits.


Aside from environmental monitoring, the Environmental Team collects various data form different departments – namely fuel and raw material consumption, pump and generator running hours, amount of dredged material, product turnover, the amount of used chemicals, electricity consumption, water consumption, waste generation amounts and so on. All collected and measured data are analyzed, and is compiled in monthly and quarterly reports. Finally, all data is collected and placed into an annual environmental report and is sent to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

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