MRF was contracted by CSA International to provide marine turtle expertise and contribute to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan (CPRP) associated with the Barzan Gas Project commissioned by RasGas Company Limited.
The project called for the installation of several offshore petroleum gas wells and wellhead platforms in the Arabian Gulf offshore of Qatar. Two 32-inch pipelines from those offshore facilities to gas processing facilities within Ras Laffan Industrial City which will process the gas for Qatar domestic use. The gas pipelines will lie on the seabed from the offshore platforms to within a few kilometers of the shore, at which point they will be buried using open trench and backfill construction methods. Construction of the buried pipeline was envisioned to impact hard corals, seagrasses, turtle nesting beaches and dunes, and upland deserts.
MRF’s scope of work included developing the components of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan for the Barzan Pipeline Project that pertained to turtle habitat protection, mitigation measures, restoration, and monitoring, and include specific measures from the Barzan Turtle Management Plan (TMP) developed as part of the Project Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Impact Assessment, along with those regulatory components specific to turtle habitat protection and conservation. MRF’s role also included assisting CSA in the preparation of CPRP training materials, relevant to turtle habitat protection, mitigation measures, habitat restoration, and monitoring, and reviewing the portions of the Marine Mammal Observation Program and/or training materials that pertained to sea turtles.