Schlumberger is proposing to conduct a marine 3D seismic survey located offshore the East Coast of South Africa, conducted on behalf of a number of companies (ie, a multi-client survey). The survey is planned to commence in February 2016 and last for approximately 150 days. The survey would cover approximately 7,500 km². Water depths in the survey area range from 800 m to 2,500 m (refer to the proposed survey area in Figure 1 below).
Schlumberger has applied for a Reconnaissance Permit from the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) to get approval to conduct the survey. In terms of the recent changes to the legislative framework, an application for a Reconnaissance Permit does not require an Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) as was previously required. Regardless, Schlumberger has appointed Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (ERM) to conduct a study to inform the planning process and to allow for environmental and social considerations to be incorporated into the survey design.
For more information on the process being followed please refer to the Background Information Document (BID) below.
To inform the environmental study a BID (refer to link below) is being distributed to identified interested and affected parties (I&APs) for an initial 21-day registration and comment period from 11 September 2015 to 2 October 2015. The registration and comment period is also being advertised in two regional and one local newspaper(s) circulated in and around the onshore extension of the survey area. Comments included during this period will be responded to and included in a comments and responses report (CRR), which will be attached to the final environmental report submitted to the authorities.
The final environmental report will be submitted to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) in mid-October 2015.
Figure 1: Location of the proposed 3D survey area
Background Information Document (BID)