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EIA for Coega IDZ Integrated Marine Pipeline Servitude Reactivated

Oct 28, 2014
EIA for Coega IDZ Integrated Marine Pipeline Servitude Reactivated

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the establishment of an integrated marine pipeline servitude in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has been reactivated.

The process was initiated in 2010 and a Scoping Report done by CSIR was approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs in March 2012.

It has now been decided to proceed with the EIA phase, which “must take cognisance of the current regulations”.

A Coastal Waters Discharge Permit is also needed in terms of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act.

The servitude is needed by current and future investors “to establish infrastructure to abstract seawater and discharge treated effluent”.

The Scoping Report comparatively assess three locations for the servitude and selected three options all of which were situated north-east of the harbour in Zone 10 of the IDZ.

The current EIA process will “review the scoring system used in the assessment of the alternatives in the Scoping Report”.

This will be “to determine whether the recommended sites are suitable in the light of current information”.

The notice of the reactivation of the project notes that “the option of placing the intake and discharge pipeline into the eastern breakwater of the harbour will be included in the assessment of alternatives”. - MetroMinutes.


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