CGG Services SAS: Proposed Speculative 3D Seismic Survey off the Southeast Coast of South Africa
We are calling on the public and NGOs to please send in their comments:-
CGG Services SAS (CGG) has appointed SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) to compile an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and undertake the required public participation process for the proposed project.The application provides for the undertaking of a speculative three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey of up to 3 500 km2 in an identified 15 428 km2 area of interest in the Algoa, Gamtoos and Outeniqua Basins off the Southeast Coast of South Africa. The area of interest is located roughly between Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) and a point approximately 120 km southeast of Plettenberg Bay, ranging between 30 km and 120 km from the coast in water depths between 150 m and 4 000 m. Actual survey commencement would ultimately depend on a permit award date and the availability of a survey vessel. It is currently anticipated that the survey would take up to five months to complete. Should the permit be awarded, it is anticipated that the proposed survey could commence in January 2022 – during whale and critically endangered loggerhead turtle migration.
Project Reference: 720.03122.00001
At the time the Reconnaissance Permit Application was submitted to PASA, there was no requirement in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014 (as amended) to apply for an Environmental Authorisation when applying for a Reconnaissance Permit, and as such Petroleum Agency South Africa requested that CGG ‘develop a plan for managing potential environmental impacts that may result from the proposed operations and notify and consult with affected parties’ and submit it to them for consideration by the Minister of Mineral Resources. For this application, the plan is referred to as an “Environmental Management Plan (EMP)”. Although the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) subsequently published amendments to the EIA Regulations 2014, which now requires Environmental Authorisation for Reconnaissance Permit Applications, the transitional arrangements apply. Thus, this Reconnaissance Permit Application will be dispensed with in terms of the previous Regulations that were in place at the time of application submission.
Notice is hereby given of the opportunity to register as an interested and/or affected party (I&AP) and to comment on the draft version of the EMP. The draft EMP has been distributed for a 30-day review and comment period from 29 October to 29 November 2021. The full report is available for download from:
- the SLR website (https://slrconsulting.com/public-documents/cgg-southeast-coast); and
- on a data free website (https://slrpublicdocs.datafree.co/public-documents/cgg-southeast-coast), which isaccessible from an internet-capable mobile phone without data charges.Any person who has trouble accessing the full report is welcome to contact SLR for assistance. A copy of the Executive Summary is also enclosed with this letter. The Executive Summary is also available on the website and can be sent to stakeholders directly, via WhatsApp, on request.
- Hard copies of the full report have been made available for review at the following locations:
Gqeberha Jeffreys Bay St Francis Bay
Jeffreys Bay Library
St Francis Community Library
Main Road, Walmer
53 Diaz Road, Jeffreys Bay
3 Assissi Drive, St Francis Bay
Should you or your organisation wish to register as an I&AP, require additional information and/or wish to comment on the proposed project or draft EMP, please contact SLR using the details provided below. Comments may also be sent by sending a written message or voice message (including leaving your contact information) by WhatsApp or SMS to the mobile number provided below. Any comments on the draft EMP should be sent to SLR by no later than 29 November 2021.
|SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd|
|Attention: Eloise Costandius|
|PO Box 798, Rondebosch, 7701|
5th Floor Letterstedt House, Newlands on Main Building, Newlands, 7700 Tel: (021) 461 1118 WhatsApp / SMS: 063 900 5536