Basic Assessment

of Distell's proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant, methane storage and a diesel storage facility

Project Background

Distell Group Limited (Distell) proposes to establish a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), methane storage (biogas buffer), and a diesel storage facility on a site adjacent to Distell’s Plant located at 10 Marshall Road, Nuffield, Springs, Gauteng Province.

The WWTP will have a total plant capacity of 2,500 m3 per day and is required to enhance the waste water treatment capacity at the Distell Springs facility. In addition, a by-product of the waste water treatment process is the production of a biogas. The biogas will be stored in a 30 m3 biogas buffer and periodically flared. Some of the treated water will be discharged to the municipal sewer (as is currently being done under an existing permit) and the rest will be further processed using a reverse osmosis plant. This water will then be re-used in the plant.

The diesel storage facility will comprise two 14 m3 above ground storage tanks (AST’s).

The proposed site has been transferred to Distell from the previous owner, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). The coordinates for the site are 26°17'37.89"S, 28°27'49.57"E in Nuffield, Springs. Springs is approximately 50 km east of Johannesburg and can be accessed via the N17.

Purpose of this Report

Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa (ERM) has been appointed by Distell to conduct Basic Assessment (BA) process in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998, as amended). This Basic Assessment Report (BAR) has been compiled in accordance with the regulatory requirements stipulated in the EIA Government Notice Regulations (GNR 326) promulgated in terms of Section 24(5) of NEMA (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended.

The purpose of this BA report is to present:

  • A detailed description of the proposed Project and relevant Project alternatives;
  • Detailed review of legislation, guidelines and strategies pertinent to the proposed Project and associated BA;
  • The outcomes associated with public participation activities carried out to date;
  • A detailed baseline review of the physical, biological and socio-economic characteristics of the Project Area;
  • An assessment of impacts to the physical, biological and socio-economical environments related with the different phases of the proposed Project;
  • Mitigation measures that aim to avoid /minimise/manage the severity of identified impacts; and
  • An assessment of cumulative impacts associated with other planned, existing or project-related developments in the broader Project Area.

Project Proponent

The Distell Group is Africa’s leading producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, sold across the world. Distell Employs approximately 5 500 people and have an annual turnover of R21.5 billion.

Draft Basic Assessment Report

The Draft Basic Assessment Report for the development of a Waste Water Treatment Plant, Methane Storage and Diesel Storage Facility at the Distell Springs site is available.
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Invitation to Register and Comment

The comment period for the Draft Basic Assessment Report, available above, is now open and will remain open for 30 days, from the 9th of March to the 13th of April 2018. Your comments, and our responses, will be incorporated into the Final BAR to be submitted to GDARD for consideration. All comments and questions can be directed to Khosi Dlamini of ERM.

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ERM Contact

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