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