TotalEnergies commits to extensive engagement with key stakeholders as it launches a comprehensive environmental application process for drilling activities offshore the South- Western coast of South Africa
As part of its application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) to support exploration activities on the south-western coast of South Africa in Block 5/6/7, TotalEnergies Exploration & Production South Africa (TEEPSA) and its Joint Venture partners (JV) are inviting consultation with interested and affected parties. .
TEEPSA and its JV partners hold the Exploration Right for this area which is regulated by the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 28 of 2002, (MPRDA) and regulated by the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA). Both parties are committed to ensuring allexploration or development activitiesaresubject tothe satisfactorycompletion of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and the granting of all required Environmental Authorisations (EAs).
The EAs will cover the drilling of exploration and development wells, installation of subsea infrastructure for production, as well as the acquisition of geophysical data. Any exploration or development activities will be subject to the satisfactory completion of an ESIA and the granting of necessary EAs.
In the long term, if the exploration activities result in the discovery of commercially viable hydrocarbon deposits, then these fields have the potential to make significant contributions to South Africa‘s energy security, help sustain and generate employment opportunities and support development by enabling participation by local businesses.
TEEPSA will continue to work closely with authorities, communities, government, and all interested stakeholders to ensure adherence to local regulations, assessments, processes, environmental and social performance protocols. Starting this week, the public is encouraged to register as interested stakeholders via a database that will be published by our consultants,
SLR. Stakeholders are also able to contact SLR via SMS or WhatsApp on 063 900 5536 or email them on TEEPSAfirstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a registration form.
In line with international standards and industry best practice TotalEnergies places environmental sustainability at the heart of its projects and operations. The company is committed to maintaining the highest health, safety, environmental, and quality standards and respects the natural environment and human rights wherever we operate.
Background on the site
In Block 5/6/7, TEEPSA identified a 10 000 km2 area of interest for hydrocarbon exploration, approximately 60km from the coast at its closest point and 170km at its furthest.
About TotalEnergies in South Africa
TotalEnergies has been present in South Africa, a key area for theCompany, since 1954 :
- Marketing & services and Refining : TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa (TMSA) 50.1%,
25% Mainstreet and 24.9% Industrial Partnership Investment Ltd (Remgro Ltd) is the largest affiliate of MS in Africa in terms of volume and one of the most significant contributors to Net Operating Income. TMSA controls several affiliates (Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland).TMSA is rated level 1 in terms of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B- BBEE).
- Exploration & Production : TotalEnergies E&P South Africa (TEEPSA) is based in Cape Town and is currently the operator of 4 blocks with additional interest in a non-operated block.
- Gas, Renewables & Power : TotalEnergies Solar International (TSI) owns 27% in the solar farm of Prieska (86 MWp) in operation since 2016.
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa : Tanya Demmer: +(27) 11 778 2230 l email@example.com