SUNBIRD ENERGY PROPOSED IBHUBESI GAS PROJECTOctober 8, 2015 by: admin
Sunbird Energy (Ibhubesi) (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as Sunbird) is considering the development of the Ibhubesi Gas Project. Sunbird is the operator and 76% interest holder in Production Right Block 2A, with PetroSA holding a 24% interest. The production right for the development of the Ibhubesi Gas Field was obtained in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act, 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) in 2009 and approval in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998) (NEMA) in 2008.
Sunbird has re-evaluated the original development proposal and is considering various additional project components from that of the approved Ibhubesi Gas Field project, as such it will be necessary to obtain further approval in terms of both the MPRDA and the NEMA. The key additions to the project description as previously approved includes the following:
The installation of either a floating production, storage and offloading vessel or a semi-submersible production platform;
A new 400 km offshore pipeline from the production facility to a shore crossing site located between Grotto Bay and Duynefontein and one on the Saldanha Peninsula;
An onshore pipeline between the shore crossing site and the Ankerlig Power Station near Atlantis and proposed end users in Saldanha; and
An onshore gas receiving facility.
Sunbird Energy (Ibhubesi) (Pty) Ltd.
A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) Addendum have been prepared and made available for a 40-day review and comment period from 2 October to 11 November 2015. Copies of the Draft EIR and EMPr Addendum will be available at the following locations from 2 October 2015: