CSIR appointed to conduct environmental impact assessment for Mossel Bay LNG facility
Cape Town, South Africa
PetroSA has appointed the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to manage the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for its proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) off-loading facility in Mossel Bay.
The EIA is a process that identifies and evaluates, at the earliest possible stage, the environmental characteristics of a proposed project and its possible impact on the environment. It is due to commence on 7 December 2012.
PetroSA has been investigating the possibility of importing LNG to supplement dwindling gas reserves in Mossel Bay since 2008. The project has previously encountered various challenges, among them commercial viability.
The company’s revised proposal involves the importation of LNG into Mossel Bay through a Floating LNG facility (FLNG) comprising a breakwater and berth structure allowing a permanently moored Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) to discharge vaporised LNG into a sub-sea and over-land pipeline leading to the Mossel Bay Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Refinery.
The scope of work for the EIA process includes ensuring compliance with the statutory procedures of the National Environmental Management Act. An important component of the EIA process is the mandatory public participation process that calls for stakeholder consultation and engagement, ensuring that all interested and affected parties are included and consulted during the process.
The CSIR is required to provide PetroSA with a clear environmental input into the planning and design process, which should ensure acceptable environmental and sustainable principles.
The Group CEO of PetroSA, Ms Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, said the establishment of an LNG facility in Mossel Bay is of critical importance for the sustainability of the company’s GTL Refinery.
"The LNG project will allow additional time for sourcing further feedstock through either further indigenous production, nearby sources of production or additional LNG. Employment levels at the refinery and PetroSA’s contribution to the economy of the Southern Cape and the country will be maintained.
This will see our GTL Refinery continuing to produce liquid petroleum fuels, thus contributing to security of fuel supply for the country,” Ms Nokwe-Macamo said.