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SUNBIRD ENERGY PROPOSED IBHUBESI GAS PROJECT

Description:

Sunbird Energy (Ibhubesi) (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as Sunbird) is considering the development of the Ibhubesi Gas Project. Sunbird is the operator and 76% interest holder in Production Right Block 2A, with PetroSA holding a 24% interest. The production right for the development of the Ibhubesi Gas Field was obtained in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act, 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) in 2009 and approval in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998) (NEMA) in 2008.

Sunbird has re-evaluated the original development proposal and is considering various additional project components from that of the approved Ibhubesi Gas Field project, as such it will be necessary to obtain further approval in terms of both the MPRDA and the NEMA.  The key additions to the project description as previously approved includes the following:

  • The installation of either a floating production, storage and offloading vessel or a semi-submersible production platform;
  • A new 400 km offshore pipeline from the production facility to a shore crossing site located between Grotto Bay and Duynefontein and one on the Saldanha Peninsula;
  • An onshore pipeline between the shore crossing site and the Ankerlig Power Station near Atlantis and proposed end users in Saldanha; and
  • An onshore gas receiving facility.

Client:

Sunbird Energy (Ibhubesi) (Pty) Ltd.

Status:

On 3 August 2017 the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted and issued an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the project in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998; NEMA).  The EA provides Sunbird authorisation to, inter alia, install:

  • A production platform in Licence Block 2A located off the West Coast of South Africa;
  • An approximately 400 km offshore production pipeline from the production platform to a southern shore-crossing site at Grotto Bay and a northern shore-crossing site at St helena Bay East on the Saldanha Peninsula;
  • An onshore pipeline between the Grotto Bay shore-crossing site and the Ankerlig Power Station and the St Helena Bay East shore-crossing site and the R45; and
  • An onshore gas receiving facility adjacent to Ankerlig (Site 1b).

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 (as outlined in Chapter 7 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2010).

Your attention is drawn to your right to lodge a formal appeal against the issuing of the EA with the Minister.  A Notice of Intent to Appeal must be submitted to the Minister within 20 days of the date of the EA.  The appeal process and relevant submission details is set out in the below EA notification letter.

For information purposes the EIA Addendum Report is also still available for download below.

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Date Updated:

10 August 2017

pdf

EA Notification Letter 10Aug17 (288k)

Environmental Authorisation 3Aug17 (826k)

Addendum Report

Main Report (1024k)


Appendices

Appendix 1: DEA Correspondence (320k)
Appendix 2: Public Participation Process
  Appendix 2.1: Eskom (Koeberg Operating Unit) meeting notes (156k)
  Appendix 2.2: DEA and CoCT meeting notes (339k) 
  Appendix 2.3: Swartland Municipality meeting notes (227k)
  Appendix 2.4: Eskom (Group Capital Division) meeting notes (198k)
  Appendix 2.5: Swartland Municipality correspondence (63k)
Appendix 3: Specialist Input
  Appendix 3.1: Vegetation (198k)
  Appendix 3.2: Risk (375k)
Appendix 4: Listed activities applicable to the proposed project (121k)

 

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