Vopak was granted an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the Vopak Efficiency (Growth 4) Project in December 2016 (ref. DM/0019/2016), in terms of Activity 34 and 51 of Listing Notice 1 (GN R 983; December 2014) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014, of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as amended. This included the expansion of the Farewell/ King Sites to increase the storage capacity of petroleum products, base oils and chemicals from 32 000m3 by 118 000m3 to allow for a total storage capacity of 150 000m3. Subsequently, an EA for an amendment application (related to a change in layout and product storage) was granted in February 2018 (ref. DM/AMEND/0019/2017-B). This amendment EA permits Vopak to commence with construction according to the approved layout plan.
Vopak plans to optimise the design of the Farewell, Blend and King sites to further increase the storage capacity of petroleum products, base oils and chemicals. To achieve this Vopak will need to upgrade certain infrastructure, including increasing the heights of the storage tanks.
Notice is hereby given in terms of the National Environment Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as amended that Vopak will apply for an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the proposed Growth 4 Expansion through a Basic Assessment (BA) process where the storage capacity will be increased by 12 400m3. The project activities trigger the following listed activities:
The expansion or changes to existing facilities for any process or activity where such expansion or changes will result in the need for a permit or licence or an amended permit or licence in terms of national or provincial legislation governing the release of emissions or pollution.
The expansion of facilities for the storage, or storage and handling, of a dangerous good, where the capacity of such storage facility will be expanded by more than 80 cubic metres.
The competent authority for the BA is the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Development (KZN DEDTEA). Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has been appointed as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to undertake the BA and associated Public Participation Processes.
Invitation to Register and Comment
Stakeholders are invited to register as Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) and to participate in the BA processes by identifying issues of concern and providing suggestions to enhance benefits of the project. Registered I&APs will be kept informed about the Project and will be notified when Basic Assessment Report will be made available for comment.