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Environment
 

Since inception, The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu has worked on ensuring the full harmonization between industrial development and environmental protection.One of the most important corner stones of environmental protection efforts by RC is the environmental monitoring program.

 

Numerous environmental studies were undertaken to understand the nature of the area and assess the impacts of industrial development on the city. Based on these studies a comprehensive environmental program was developed. This program has evolved considerably throughout the years.

Today, the environmental protection activities in Jubail are among the finest in the world and cover various aspects such as environmental monitoring and permitting of industrial facilities. In addition, stringent environmental standards and regulations have been set to ensure the protection of Jubail environment. Every industry (existing or future) will have to meet the standards set by the Royal Commission Download.

 

After completion of the paper work and a site is allocated to a new industry, investors are required to submit an Environmental Information Report (EIR) six months before construction starts. This report comprises of information on the plant design, materials used, pollution control technologies and equipment and procedures in place to control pollution. This report will be reviewed by environmental specialists specializing in different fields Download.

 

An Environmental Operating Permit will be issued once the Royal Commission is satisfied that the industry will be utilizing best available technologies to control pollution.

The Royal Commission in Jubail operates stations to monitor the meteorology and ambient air quality in Jubail.  These stations have been placed in strategic locations around the industrial area and in Jubail city to give a comprehensive picture on meteorological and environmental conditions in the area at any certain instant. Data is collected and transmitted wirelessly every 5 minutes - 24 hours a day to a central station and computer system.

 

The Royal Commission manages a comprehensive groundwater monitoring program to prevent the degradation of the groundwater quality, as the industrial city expands. Groundwater in the vicinity of industrial processes, hazardous material storage areas, waste management facilities and storage tanks is closely monitored for early detection of contaminants in the groundwater.

 

Several monitoring stations have been established by the Royal Commission to give a comprehensive picture on the Gulf water and monitor any changes in the water quality near the coast and offshore. Routine monitoring gives an early indication of any incident or changes to the water quality in the long-term, which allows RC to react and take any necessary action to prevent any adverse impacts on the environment.

In view of the Royal Commission concern in monitoring the industrial complexes and the resulting industrial wastewater, strict regulations for the discharge of this water into the sea or other places have been enacted, and the wastewaters are being sent to specialized stations for treatment. The Royal Commission monitors the wastewater discharges from plants to guarantee that only those wastes which are treatable are being sent to the treatment plants. The effluents from these plants are used for irrigation purposes later on.

Industrial and sanitary wastewater are normally used as irrigation water after advanced treatment and after being subjected to strict control carried out by the Royal Commission. All regulations of the Royal Commission are applied to this water in order to ensure that it will be monitored continuously to make sure that its quality is in line with the international irrigation water standards.

 

 

The Royal Commission performs routine monitoring of the once-through, non-contact seawater cooling system to determine any changes to its quality and take necessary actions to rectify a situation, if any.

The Royal Commission approach to drinking water protection includes assessing and protecting drinking water sources (Gulf water and groundwater); making sure water is treated by qualified operators; ensuring the integrity of the distribution systems; and monitoring the quality of the water throughout the water network.

The Royal Commission has implemented strict policies for industrial waste management (hazardous or non-hazardous) generated by industrial facilities and companies in Jubail Industrial City.  They aim at minimizing adverse impacts on the environment and provide safe and permanent disposal methods.

 

Noise is considered as an environmental problem that is associated with modern technical development during the industrial area. The noise arising from factories is usually monitored through high-tech measurement devices to ensure that it conforms with the Royal Commission Environmental Regulations.

 

In Jubail Industrial City, there are a number of natural habitats that support wildlife and migrating birds. These areas include mudflats, mangrove stand, wetlands and islands.In addition, regular monitoring and inspection along the coast and hinterland desert are carried out to check for oil spills and unauthorized dumping. The surface drainage channels that carry storm water to the sea and tidal inlets are also regularly inspected.

Environmental penalties system was adopted to complete the monitoring program by giving penalties for violating environmental regulations in order to encourage and ensure the opt-out Downlo​ad​.

 

This is in addition to raising the level of environmental awareness through the formation of the Committee on Environmental Awareness and organizing local and international events and conferences in order to exchange experiences and take advantage of the scientific development in the field of preservation of the environment.