EIA for Exploration Drilling within Offshore Block ER236, KZN, South Africa: Notification of Public Meetings

Dear Stakeholder,

RE: Environmental Impact Assessment for Exploration Drilling within Block ER236, off the East Coast of South Africa

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. The project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which commenced in January 2018.  

The Final Scoping Report was approved by PASA on 16 April 2018, and ERM have commenced with the preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA Report). Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the below listed open house meetings where the findings of the draft EIA will communicated. The meeting will follow an open house format and the participants will have the opportunity to interact with the project team, ask questions and provide comment.

The draft EIA is currently being finalised and registered stakeholders will receive notification when the report is available for comment.  The draft EIA will be released for a 30 day comment period as per the requirements of NEMA. 

Details of the public meetings are as follows:

Day and Date




Monday 11 June 2018

East London

Premier Regent Hotel

 22 Esplanade St, Quigney Beach, East London, 5201

16:00 – 19:00

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Port Elizabeth

Boardwalk Hotel

Beach Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

16:00 – 19:00

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Richards Bay

Premier Hotel The Richards

3 Hibberd Dr, Meer En See, Richards Bay

16:00 – 19:00

Thursday 14 June 2018


Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

85 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

16:00 – 19:00

Friday 15 June 2018

Port Shepstone

Venture Inn

366 Commercial Rd, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone

15:00 – 18:00

Please contact ERM should you have any questions:

Email: eni.offshore.eia@erm.com

Tel: 021 681 5400

Website: www.erm.com/eni-exploration-eia

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