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Basic Assessment for Vopak for the Growth 4 Expansion Project

Durban, South Africa

Project Overview

Vopak was granted an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the Vopak Efficiency (Growth 4) Project in December 2016 (ref. DM/0019/2016), in terms of Activity 34 and 51 of Listing Notice 1 (GN R 983; December 2014) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014, of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as amended. This included the expansion of the Farewell/ King Sites to increase the total storage capacity of petroleum products, base oils and chemicals from 32 000m3 by 118 000m3 to allow for a total storage capacity of 150 000m3. Subsequently, an EA for an amendment application (related to a change in layout and product storage) was granted in February 2018 (ref. DM/AMEND/ 0019/2017-B). This amendment EA permits Vopak to commence with construction according to the approved layout plan.

Vopak propose to expand the authorised total capacity by a further 16 400m3. The Project will require Environmental Authorisation through a Basic Assessment in terms of Activity 34 and 51 of Listing Notice 1 (GN R 327; April 2017 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014 (as amended), of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) (as amended). The competent authority is the provincial Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DEDTEA).

Notice is hereby given that the Draft Basic Assessment Report is available to the public for comment for a period of 33 days, commencing 11 March 2019 until 12 April 2019. The Report can be accessed as follows:

  • Grosvenor Library
    3 Wesley Rd, Durban, Bluff, 4052.

  • St Barnabas Anglican Church
    936 Bluff Road, Bluff

  • Vopak Terminal Durban (Pty) Ltd
    Taiwan Rd, Durban, 4052 (for existing Cutler permit holders).

Draft Basic Assessment Report

Draft Basic Assessment Report
Annex A
Annex B
Annex C1 to C3
Annex C4 to C5
Annex D
Annex E

Invitation to Register and Comment

Stakeholders are invited to register as Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) and to participate in the BA processes by identifying issues of concern and providing suggestions to enhance benefits of the project. Registered I&APs will be kept informed about the Project and will be notified when Basic Assessment Report will be made available for comment.

Your comments (and responses to comments) will be incorporated into a Comments and Responses Report, which will be included in the Final Basic Assessment Report to be submitted to DEDTEA for consideration.  Please ensure that your comments reach ERM on or before 12 April 2019 in order for any queries to be addressed and your comments to be included in the CRR.

Contact Information

Stephanie Gopaul
Postnet Suite 59, Private Bag X21, Westville, 3630
Tel: 031 265 0033
Fax: 031 265 0150