Rockhopper’s strategy is to explore, appraise and develop its operated and non operated acreage both safely and responsibly. The two key elements of this strategy involve maintaining high standards of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) protection throughout its operations and communicating clearly with its stakeholders, both operational and within the local community.

Maintaining high standards of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) protection is achieved through:

  • Strong leadership and clearly defined responsibilities and accountabilities for HSE at all levels of the organisation;
  • Selection of competent personnel to manage activities;
  • Compliance with regulatory and other applicable requirements, or where regulations do not exist, application of industry standards;
  • Identifying, assessing and managing HSE risks and preventing pollution;
  • Developing specific HSE plans for each operational project;
  • Selecting competent contractors and ensuring that they are effectively managed;
  • Preparing and testing response plans to ensure that any incident can be quickly and efficiently controlled, reported and investigated to prevent recurrence;
  • Continual improvement of HSE performance through monitoring, regular reporting and periodic audits;
  • Periodic management reviews to identify and implement improvements to our HSE systems.

This policy is implemented through our HSE Management System, which has been prepared to be consistent with international standards for HSE management including ISO14001 and ISO18001.

HSE Management System

Our HSE Management System is used to guide all our activities and will not be compromised by other business priorities. Application of the HSE Management System will include preparation of detailed Environmental Impact Statements (“EISs”) for all of the Group’s activities. The preparation of the EIS includes consultation with interested parties and the local Government as well as public meetings to present findings and obtain feedback from the local community. For our non operated ventures one of our key roles is to seek to ensure (wherever possible) that the operator maintains high standards of HSE protection in line with our management systems.

Operational stakeholders

Where we have operating responsibility all contractors are selected taking into account their skills, experience and HSE performance. There is a contractor selection and management section in the HSE management system and we are closely involved in day-to-day operations and closely monitor contractor performance.

Local community stakeholders

The Falkland Islands has a population of approximately 3,000 people and each member is considered a stakeholder in the Group’s strategy. We recognise that a key element in maintaining stakeholder support is regular communication at all levels. Our primary point of contact is the Falkland Islands Government Department for Mineral Resources and since inception we have had good communication with all of the team there. Since the start of operations, we have increasingly liaised with other government departments, such as the Secretariat and the Tax Office as well as the Governor.

In the Greater Mediterranean region we maintain regular dialogue with various operators, regulators, local communities and other stakeholders to build constructive relationships and support.