This webpage provides access to documentation associated with the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) being undertaken by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for projects being proposed as part of the Department of Energy’s gas to power programme. Below you will find background information about the gas to power programme, and links to specific EIAs.
If you have any questions, or wish to register as an interested and affected party for any of the EIAs, please contact Tougheeda Aspeling of ERM.
The Gas to Power Programme
The National Development Plan (NDP) identifies the need for South Africa to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. This requires the development of 10,000 MW of additional electricity capacity to be established by 2025. To achieve this, the DoE has developed a 20-year energy plan for South Africa, the Integrated Resources Plan 2010-2030 (IRP 2010), which encourages the participation of independent power producers (IPPs) in electricity generation in South Africa.
The Independent Power Producers (IPP) Office was established by the DoE, the National Treasury and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to facilitate the involvement of IPPs in the generation of electricity. The IPP Office has to date successfully procured 6 327 megawatts (MW) under the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme. It is currently intended that a further 3126 MW of new generation capacity wil be generated from natural gas.
For the Gas IPP Procurement Programme, the DoE through the IPP Office has, in collaboration with Transnet, developed a two-phased approach. The first phase is to introduce Floating Power Plants in three of South Africa’s commercial ports – Saldanha Bay, Ngqura and Richards Bay. The second phase is to facilitate the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to allow for the development of medium- to long-term gas power plants in the same three ports.
Independent Power Producer Programme: EIA Project Update
ERM has been appointed by the Department of Energy (DoE) to undertake four (4) Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in furtherance of the Gas to Power Programme, namely:
Floating Power Plant
- EIA for a Floating Power Plant in the Port of Saldanha
- EIA for a Floating Power Plant in the Port of Richards Bay
LNG Import Facilities
- EIA for LNG Import Facilities in the Port of Saldanha
- EIA for LNG Import Facilities in the Port of Richards Bay
In order to give stakeholders a complete picture of the Gas to Power Programme, ERM took the opportunity to introduce the EIAs at the same time. Initial stakeholder consultation for the Projects was undertaken in October and included meetings with key stakeholders in both Saldanha Bay and Richards Bay. This was followed by an open house event in the respective Ports in early November.
Floating Power Plant EIAs
The Draft Scoping Reports for the Floating Power Plants were released for a 30 day comment period on 16 November 2015. The comment period will close on 15 December 2015. The Scoping Report, which will include a comments and responses report, will be finalised in early January. Stakeholders will be notified when the Final Scoping Report is submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and when the Report will be available to Stakeholders. The Draft EIA will be made available for a 30 day comment period once the Scoping Report has been accepted by the DEA.
LNG Import Facilities and Early Power EIAs
The schedule for this Project has been extended and no new documentation is available at this stage. Please register as an Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP) so that you can be informed when further information is made available.
Environmental Impact Assessment Links
Floating Power Plant Environmental Impact Assessment
LNG Import Facilities Environmental Impact Assessment