Coast KZN

04 Mar 2021

Gas-to-power project enters next environmental phase

Dave Savides (Zululand Observer) Picture: sourced from YouTube. The Karpowership model will convert Liquefied Natural Gas to power via a ship-to-ship process in the harbour, converting gas to electricity for transfer to the Bayside sub-station

The next stage of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Gas to Power Powership Project at the Port of Richards Bay has commenced. Private consultancy Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions, hired by bidders Karpowership as Environmental Assessment Practitioner, on Monday provided details of the Environmental Impact Reporting (EIR) phase.

‘The Scoping phase, which commenced at the beginning of October 2020, has been concluded with the acceptance of the Scoping Report, including the plan of study for the EIA by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) on 6 January 2021. Thus, the application is now in the EIR phase,” said Triplo4 managing director Hantie Plomp.

‘The Draft EIA Report, inclusive of the Environmental Management Programme and specialist reports, will be available to Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) for comment for 30 days within the period until 31 March at the Richards Bay public library.

‘As part of the public participation process, meetings will be facilitated via online meeting platforms; two meeting time options are offered – a morning session and an evening session. The same information will be provided at both sessions and registered I&APs will receive the minutes of both sessions. Questions or comments may be submitted in advance of the online meetings.”

The meetings will be conducted on Thursday, 11 March at 10 am and at 6 pm. The links to join the online meetings will be provided to registered I&APs.