Total Proposes to carry out Additional Exploration off South Coast

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Total Exploration and Production South Africa is planning to carry out additional exploration activities off the South Coast in an area roughly between Mossel Bay and Cape St Francis.

The Background Information Document (BID) on the project points out that the company is the operator and holder of an existing Exploration Right in an area of approximately 18 734 square kilometres.

The BID says the additional exploration activities will include a bathymetry survey and seabed sediment sampling over selected areas as a result of which it is required to apply for an amendment to the approved Environmental Management Programme.

The document points out that under the existing environmental authorisation both seismic surveying and exploration well drilling has been undertaken in the area.

The BID says that a bathymetry survey and seabed sediment sampling provide for “the rapid collection of data and provide critical information regarding the exploration potential of the area and will guide future exploration efforts”.

Among the key issues that have been identified and will be investigated are the noise effects on marine fauna from the bathymetry survey and sea-bed sediment sampling.

Other issues that have been identified and will be investigated are the effects on the fishing industry due to “temporary displacement of fishing activities and effects on fish behaviour due to noise,” and waste discharge to. - MetroMinutes.

 

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