Coast KZN

26 Feb 2018

Extension for public comment on proposed exploratory drilling off Richards Bay coast

Tamlyn Jolly (Zululand Observer) Picture: ER236, the section set aside for exploratory drilling

Public comments for proposed exploration drilling off the coast of Richards Bay has been extended

The public comment period relating to the draft scoping report for the proposed exploration drilling project off the coast of Richards Bay has been extended to Thursday (1 March).

Responding to requests made during public meetings earlier this month, an isiZulu version of the executive summary has been prepared and uploaded to the website for review.

The comment period has been extended to allow for review of the isiZulu document, but the extension is not limited to the isiZulu version.

Comments and ERM’s responses will be incorporated into the Final Scoping Report to be submitted to PASA (Petroleum Agency of South Africa) for consideration.

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.