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SHELL PROPOSED EXPLORATION DRILLING IN THE ORANGE BASIN DEEP WATER LICENCE AREA OFF THE WEST COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA

Description:

In February 2012 Shell South Africa Upstream B.V. (Shell) obtained an Exploration Right for the Orange Basin Deep Water Licence Area in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). As part of the process of applying for the Exploration Right, an Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) was compiled and approved for the undertaking of seismic surveys and exploration drilling within the licence area. Shell subsequently undertook a 3D seismic survey in an 8 000 km2 portion of the licence area. Based on analysis of the seismic data, Shell is proposing to drill one or possibly two exploration wells in the northern portion of the licence area.

In order to undertake the proposed drilling operation Shell’s existing EMPr must be amended in terms of Section 102 of the MPRDA in order to take account of any changes in the project scope on which the current approved exploration right work programme is based. In addition, the proposed exploration drilling requires that a Scoping and EIA process be undertaken in terms of the EIA Regulations 2010.

Client:

Shell South Africa Upstream B.V.

Status:

On 7 October 2015 the Department of Environmental Affairs granted and issued Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the project.  The EA authorises Shell to, inter alia, drill up to two exploration wells in the northern portion of the Orange Basin Deep Water Licence Area.

A copy of the EA is available for download below.  The EA outlines, amongst others, the decision, the activities authorised, conditions of authorisation, reasons for the decision and the appeal process.  

No appeals were received against the decision during the statutory appeal period.

 

Date Updated:

11 January 2016

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Environmental Authorisation (626k)

 

 

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