eni South Africa Offshore Exploration EIA

Eni 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.

Release of Draft EIA Report

The comment period for the Draft EIA Report closed on 8 November 2018.  Thank you to those who have submitted comment.  These comments, together with a response will be included in the final EIA. 

Following stakeholder requests made at the Open House meetings in Richard’s Bay and Durban, the draft EIA report has been translated into isiZulu, and can be downloaded here:

Eni SA Draft EIA Drilling Zulu.pdf

The Report is available below, on request from ERM, and at the following public locations:

  • Durban Central Lending Public Library
  • Austerville Library
  • Richards Bay Library
  • Port Shepstone Library
  • East London Central Library
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality – Linton Grange Library
  • ERM offices, Suite S005, 17 The Boulevard, Westway Office Park, Westville

Open House Meetings

Open house meetings were held as per the schedule below.  A copy of the posters that were on display at the meetings can be viewed here:

1.Welcome poster final a2.pdf

2.Instructions Poster v1- FINAL a2.pdf

3. Code of Conduct Poster final a2.pdf

4.EIA Process Poster FINAL.pdf

5.ENI Project Description_FINAL.pdf

6.Logistics FINAL.pdf

7.Marine Ecology poster FINAL.pdf

8.Eni Fisheries poster_Final.pdf

9.Other Impacts poster final.pdf

10.Unplanned events Poster final.pdf

11.EIA SA oil spill poster_final durban.pdf

12 Eni Response measures_final.pdf

13.Eni EMPr poster_final.pdf

14.EIA Public Consultation SA - Poster SUST_1.pdf

15.EIA Public Consultation SA - ENI 2 Poster Climate Strategy.pdf

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

Download the Draft EIA Report Here:


Eni_SA_NTS_ Drilling_Final.pdf

Eni NTS Drlling Xhosa.pdf

Eni  NTS  Drilling_Zulu.pdf

Eni SA Draft EIA Drilling Zulu.pdf

Eni_SA_Draft EIA_ Drilling_Final.pdf

Annex A_Details of the EAP.pdf

Annex B1_Public Participation_StakeholderDataBase.pdf

Annex B2_Public Participation_NotificationMaterial.pdf

Annex B3_Public Participation_Notification_cont.pdf

Annex B4_Public Participation_ScopingEngagement.pdf

Annex B5_Public Participation_EIA_Engagement.pdf

Annex B6_Public Participation_CommentsandResponses.pdf

Annex B7_Public Participation_CommentsReceived.pdf

Annex C_Authority Communication.pdf

Annex D Oil_Spill_Modelling_Report.pdf

Annex D1 Marine_Ecology.pdf

Annex D2 Fisheries_Study.pdf

Annex D3 Marine_Heritage_Study.pdf

Annex D5 Cuttings_Modelling_Report.pdf

Annex D6 PeerReview_Oil_Spill_Report.pdf

Annex D7 NTS_Oil_Spill_Report.pdf

Annex D8 Social_Baseline.pdf

Annex E_Financial Provisions_Combined.pdf

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:

BID_Eni_Exploration_January2018.pdfEni SA Draft EIA Drilling Zulu.pdf

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