eni South Africa Offshore Exploration EIA

Eni Scoping Report Acceptance Letter 12-3-236.pdfEni South Africa BV (Eni), and Sasol Africa Limited (Sasol) hold an exploration right off the East Coast of South Africa. Eni and Sasol are considering the possibility of conducting an exploration drilling programme in Block ER 236 (12/3/236) to assess the commercial viability of the hydrocarbon reservoir for future development.

The Project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), through the Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA). The authorisation would be under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998).

To obtain an EA, Eni must undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations, 2014. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is the competent authority and has powers to authorise the development or refuse it. Applications must be submitted to PASA. PASA is responsible for evaluating applications, entering into negotiations with applicants and making recommendations to the Minister of Mineral Resources on their acceptability.

This website serves to disseminate Project information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, or wish to register as an interested and affected party, please contact ERM.

EIA Update September 2018

An EIA process was commenced in January 2018 with the release of a Draft Scoping Report.  The Final Scoping Report was approved by PASA on 16 April 2018.  ERM experienced unforeseen delays in the finalising of specialist studies which resulted in subsequent delays in the drafting of the EIA Report.  Consequently, ERM was not able to finalise and release the draft report for comment and comply with the stipulated 106 day timeframe in which to submit the final EIA Report by the 03 August 2018, as prescribed in Section 23(1)(a) of the NEMA EIA Regulations.  As such, the EIA Application lapsed on the 03 August 2018. A new EIA process has commenced, which was approved by PASA on 29 August 2018, successive to the approval of the Scoping Report on 16 April 2018.

Open House Meetings

Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the below listed open house meetings where the findings of the draft EIA will communicated. The meeting will follow an open house format and the participants will have the opportunity to interact with ERM and the Project team, ask questions and provide comment.

A local translator (isiXhosa in the Eastern Cape and isiZulu in Kwa-Zulu Natal) will be present at the open house meetings. Details of the public meetings are as follows:

Day and Date




Wednesday 3 October 2018

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Open House

isiXhosa translator to be present

Boardwalk Hotel, Beach Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6019

15:00 – 18:00

Thursday 4 October 2018

East London

East London Open House

isiXhosa translator to be present

Blue Lagoon hotel & Conference Centre, 21 Blue Bend Pl, Blue   Bend, East London

15:00 – 18:00

Monday 8 October 2018

Richards Bay

Richards Bay Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Premier Hotel The Richards, 3 Hibberd Dr, Meer En See, Richards Bay

15:00 – 18:00

Tuesday 9 October 2018


Durban Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

15:00 – 18:00

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Venture Inn,

366 Commercial Rd, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone

15:00 – 18:00

Final Scoping Report

The Final Scoping Report for the proposed Exploration Drilling within Block ER236, off the East Coast of South Africa was submitted to the Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA) for consideration on 08 March 2018 and approved on 16 April 2018. 

Eni Scoping Report Acceptance Letter 12-3-236.pdf

Download the Final Scoping Report below:


Annex A_Team_CVs.pdf









Background Information Document:


ERM Contact

Ms Charlene Jefferies

Tel No: +27 21 6815400


2nd Floor Great Westerford

240 Main Road



Cape Town 

South Africa