The International Power Consortium South Africa (Pty) Ltd (”IPCSA”) with Saldanha Steel (ArcelorMittal South Africa “AMSA”) being the anchor off-taker, proposes to develop a 1400 MW natural gas fired power plant to the east of the existing steel manufacturing facility in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape. The Project will use imported natural gas to generate electricity using advanced gas turbines. The Project will supply the needs of Saldanha Steel and the excess electricity will be made available to support and sustain existing industry and encourage economic growth in Saldanha Bay, West Coast District Municipality and the Western Cape Province.

The Project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

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 Lindsey Bungartz of ERM.


The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the Gas-fired Power Plant to Support Saldanha Steel and Other Industries in Saldanha Bay.  The EA was signed on 24 February 2017.  A copy of the EA, as well as the National Appeal Regulations can be accessed from the links provided below.


The Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report has been submitted to the Department of Environment Affairs (DEA) for decision making. 


Based on comments received on the Draft EIA Report during the comment period between 22 July to 25 August 2016, the report has been revised and is now available for comment for a further 30 days, from 16 September to 18 October 2016. All the comments received during the previous comment period have been included in the Comments and Response Report in Annex B.

New text added to this revised report has been underlined. No other changes have been made to the document.

Annexure A - Details of Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Annexure B - Stakeholder Engagement

Annexure C - Layout Diagram and Maps

Annexure D - Specialist Study Reports