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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.

Environmental Authorisation Granted 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) granted Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the proposed Exploration Drilling within Offshore Block ER236, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa in terms of the National Environmental Management Act No. 107 of 1998, as amended (NEMA) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014, as amended. The EA was granted to the applicants, Eni South Africa B.V. (Eni) and Sasol Africa (Pty) Ltd (Sasol), on 26 August 2019 and was sent to the operator, Eni, on 29 August 2019.

The granting of the EA is subject to a number of conditions, which, along with the reasons for the decision, are set out in the EA (Annexure A and B respectively), attached as Appendix 1 of the notification letter. The Authorised activities shall not commence within twenty (20) days from the date of notification of the decision.

The notification of Environvironmental Authorisation (in English) is attached below. Notifications and Reasons for the Decision have also been provided in isiZulu and isiXhosa, below.

Stakeholder Notification- EA Decision-09.09.2019_English.pdf

EA Decision Stakeholder Notification -09.09.2019_ Zulu .pdf

Stakeholder Notification- EA Decision-09.09.2019_Xhosa .pdf

Supplementary Comments and Responses Report February 2019

Eni SA Supplementary Comments and Responses Report.pdf

PASA Meeting Minutes0802018.pdf

Download the Final EIA Report Here

1a.Eni SA Drilling Final EIA Report (Chapters 1-5).pdf

1b.Eni SA Drilling Final EIA Report (Chapter 6-11).pdf

2.Annex A Details of the EAP.pdf

3a. Annex B Public Participation Stakeholder Database.pdf

3a. Annex B Public Participation Initial Notification Materials.pdf

3a. Annex B Public Participation Withdrawal of Draft Scoping Report.pdf

3a. Annex B Public Participation Scoping Phase Presentation.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Prticipation EIA Phase Notification.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Notification of Lapse.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Newspaper Adverts.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Newspaper Adverts Part 2.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Newspaper Adverts Part 3.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation SMS Notification.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation SMS Notification of IsiZulu EIA.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Notification of IsiZulu EIA.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Proof of Receipt of EIA.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Proof of Receipt of EIA Part 2.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Proof of Receipt of EIA Part 3.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Open House Meetings.pdf

3b. Annex B Project Website.pdf

3b. Annex B Public Participation Comments and Responses Report.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Minutes of Meeting with Ezemvelo.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Minutes of Meeting with Ezemvelo Part 2.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Notification Letters.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Notification Letters Part 2.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Notification Letters Part 3.pdf

4. Annex C Authority Communication Ezemvelo Acknowledgement.pdf

5.Annex D Specialist Studies Marine Ecology.pdf

6.Annex D Specialist Studies Fisheries.pdf

7.Annex D Specialist Studies Maritime Heritage Impact Assessment.pdf

7.Annex D Specialist Studies Oil Spill Modelling.pdf

9.Annex D Specialist Studies Cutting Modelling.pdf

10.Annex D Specialist Studies Peer Review of ERM Oil Spill Report.pdf 

11.Annex D Specialist Studies NTS of ERM Oil Spill Report.pdf

12.Annex D Specialist Studies Socio Economic Baseline.pdf

13.Annex D Specialist Studies CVs of Specialists.pdf

14.Annex E Determination of Financial Provision.pdf

15.Annex F Environmental Management Programme.pdf

16.Annex G Project Report Glossary.pdf

IsiZulu Comments and Responses

Eni IsiZulu Comments and Responses.pdf

 

 

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