- April 11, 2022
- Posted by: Steve
- Category: Environmental Health & Safety
An essential part of due diligence during mergers and acquisitions of a property is conducting an environmental site assessment (ESA). AGV has conducted numerous ESA for multinational companies. Phase II ESA which involves intrusive soil and groundwater investigation and analyses provides a comprehensive review of any pre-existing environmental conditions of a particular site. The exercise will identify the existence and scope of environmental contamination (such as petroleum, heavy metals, pesticides) as well as the presence in buildings of asbestos, lead paint or mold. In short, an ESA determines whether the site has any contamination issues and serves to avoid unpleasant and costly surprises down the road. It is often a requirement in the application for international financing.
In late 2021, AGV conducted a Phase II ESA of a site in Penang, Malaysia for a global leader in semiconductor. Access within the 35-acre greenfield site in Kulim Hi-Tech Park was challenging due to intensive on-going construction activities. Inclement weather and soil conditions necessitated the relocation of some boreholes, affecting the overall drilling progress. A total of 18 soil and groundwater samples were collected and analysed with additional environmental baseline monitoring carried out.
Despite the challenges, AGV team was able to complete the ESA exercise within the designated time frame and successfully established a set of environmental baseline data for the site.
Soil samples extracted from boreholes
In-situ water quality measurements