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Public Meetings to oppose Offshore Oil and Gas exploration to take place in KZN (Richards Bay, Durban and Port Shepstone)

 

Join us for the public participation meetings, and have your say in Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Drilling off the East Coast of South Africa

Eni South Africa BV (Eni), and Sasol Africa Limited (Sasol) hold an Exploration Right 12/3/236 (ER 236) off the East Coast of South Africa. Eni has the operatorship of Block ER 236. Eni and Sasol are considering the possibility of conducting an exploration drilling programme in Block ER 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) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which commenced in January 2018.

The Final Scoping Report was approved by PASA on 16 April 2018, and ERM have commenced with the preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA Report). Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the below listed open house meetings where the findings of the draft EIA will communicated. The meeting will follow an open house format and the participants will have the opportunity to interact with the project team, ask questions and provide comment.

The draft EIA is currently being finalised and registered stakeholders will receive notification  by ERM environmental consultants when the report is available for comment.  The draft EIA will be released for a 30 day comment period as per the requirements of NEMA.

Dates and details of the public meetings:

Day and Date

Location

Venue

Time

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

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


PUBLIC MEETINGS – Gas Pipeline and Electricity Grid Infrastructure Expansion – Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) released a notification, informing all Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs), and stakeholders of public meetings, in which feedback on the draft findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which began in April 2017 will be given.

The SEA is being compiled to identify the most appropriate development corridors for the location of a Phased Gas Pipeline Network and expansion of the Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI). This SEA supports the objectives of the Operation Phakisa Offshore Oil and Gas Lab, as well as the Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 10: Electricity transmission and distribution for all. It aims to pre-assess the environmental, social and economic constraints and opportunities for the gas transmission pipeline and EGI development, within the proposed corridors. The results of the assessment will serve to provide suitable routing options for gas pipelines and EGI expansion within these corridors.

Why is this important? Gas is being used as a transition fossil fuel in the move from coal energy to a more sustainable energy source. This is being actioned through a Just Transition by the South African government, which is not taking into account that we are effectively replacing one non-renewable energy source with another, and the equally detrimental effect on our environment.

Its a set of pipeline corridors (100km wide) stretching across farms, private property and potentially sensitive areas. Under, over and across rivers, including flaring facilities every 130km.

Below is a map of the corridors which were refined during stakeholder consultation and specialist assessments.

SEA Gas&EGI Expansion_06Feb2018

Public Participation Meetings will take place at various locations in South Africa to present the draft findings of the specialist studies. These meetings create a platform for the I&APs to provide input by identifying issues or raising concerns for consideration in the SEA Process. This can be anyone that might be affected. Oceans Not Oil encourages its members to attend and bring concerns or issues to the attention of the panel, regardless of how insignificant or unlearned you may believe your issue or concern is.

The meetings are as follows:

Province Date Venue Time
Western Cape – George 8 October 2018 George Civic Centre (Banqueting Hall): 71 York Street, George 17H00 – 20H00
Eastern Cape – Port Elizabeth 9 October 2018 BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Park: Discovery Building, Zone 4, Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth 17H00 – 20H00
Eastern Cape – East London 10 October 2018 Premier Hotel Regent: Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront, Quigney, East London 17H00 – 20H00
KwaZulu-Natal – Durban 11 October 2018 CSIR: 359 King George V (5th) Avenue, Durban 17H00 – 20H00
Gauteng – Johannesburg 15 October 2018 CSIR: Corner of Carlow Road & Rustenburg Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg 17H00 – 20H00
Northern Cape – Springbok 17 October 2018 Kokerboom Motel: Next to N7, Droëdap Road, Springbok (Co-ordinates: 29°42’45.2″S; 17°53’15.4″E) 17H00 – 20H00
Western Cape – Cape Town 22 October 2018 CSIR: 15 Lower Hope Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 17H00 – 20H00

What can you do?

  1. Register as I&AP’s by submitting your name and contact details (i.e. contact number, email address and postal address), to the following address: gasnetwork@csir.co.za or on the SEA website: http://gasnetwork.csir.co.za
  2. Participate in the Public Meetings.
  3. Share the above information with your networks and colleagues.

 

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