NPP Environmental Activities

Preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Qatar's Ministry of Environment (MoE) is tasked with the responsibility to develop, oversee and implement the environmental laws with Qatar. MoE requires that a large-scale infrastructure development such as the New Port Project, are subjected to an EIA Study and be approved, before the project moves on to the construction phase.

In line with MoE requirements, an environmental scoping report was developed for the EIA study. This scoping report provides details of the proposed methodology for the EIA study including plans for collection of environmental baseline data. The environmental scoping exercise included the following tasks:

The scoping report for the EIA study documented the overall scope and provided a detailed approach for collection of baseline data as well as assessment of the impacts on the various environmental attributes.

The Environmental Consultant has been working together with the Engineering Design Consultant to help develop a design that will avoid or minimize adverse environmental effects wherever possible.  The Environmental Consultant has compiled these anticipated environmental effects and recommended mitigation measures in an EIA Report that will include the following key elements:

Environmental Baseline Studies

Because the site is undeveloped, environmental baseline studies were undertaken to clearly document the existing conditions at the site (terrestrial and marine) and in the immediate environs. 

Knowledge of the existing environmental conditions relevant to the project site is one of the key requirements of the EIA study. The baseline environmental conditions were established through primary site-specific environmental surveys and data collection during 2009 and 2010.  In addition, secondary data was also referred to, where available.

The following main surveys and analyses were performed for the EIA study:

Environmental Management Planning

The MoE require that a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and Operational Environmental Management Plans (OEMPs) are developed and approved by MoE, prior to commencing of the construction and operational activities respectively.

The comprehensive CEMPs and compliance monitoring programs will be implemented and developed by the Construction contractors. Amongst other things, these CEMPs will broadly provide for:

The NPP SC appointed an independent contractor to perform verification and effect monitoring. The verified results of compliance monitoring and effect monitoring data will be submitted to the MoE at regular intervals. Audit programs will be conducted to verify effective implementation of the CEMPs.

The OEMP will be implemented during NDPP operation to guide environmental management, and will include the following broad aspects:

Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring of environmental impacts during the construction and operational phases are one of the key requirements of the MoE. This monitoring is to ensure that the impacts are within the acceptable limits and to monitor the application and the efficiency of mitigation measures proposed in the EIA.

Construction contractors are primarily responsible for conducting compliance monitoring programs applicable to their respective construction works. In addition, the NDPP SC has appointed an independent environmental monitoring consultant to undertake: