Basic Assessment for the proposed establishment

of a CO2 Recovery Plant and the storage of pressurised CO2 at Distell’s James Sedgwick Distillery

Project Background

Distell Group Limited proposes to establish a CO2 Recovery Plant and storage of pressurised CO2 at Distell’s Plant located at the James Sedgwick Distillery, 54 Distillery Rd, Wellington, Western Cape Province.

The CO2 Recovery Plant and storage of pressurised CO2 Recovery Plant will have a net production capacity of 750 kg/h of liquid CO2 Recovery Plant and storage of pressurised CO2 based on a setup of two CO2 compressors and includes a High Pressure Water Scrubber (HPWS). The Plant will then store pressurised CO2 Recovery Plant and storage of pressurised CO2 (min. 99.998 % v/v) in two 50 m3 tanks.

The Plant will be installed inside an existing building at the Distillery in Wellington and the storage tanks will be also be located at the Distillery (within the current footprint of the Distillery). The coordinates for the storage tanks are 33°38'38.09"S, 18°59'3.61"E. Wellington is approximately 70 km northeast of Cape Town and can be accessed via the N1 and R 44 in the Western Cape Province.

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 establishment of a CO2 Recovery Plant and the storage of pressurised CO2 at Distell’s James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington is available.

Distell Wellington Draft Basic Assessment Report 3Mb PDF

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 24th of May to the 23rd of June 2018. Your comments, and our responses, will be incorporated into the Final BAR to be submitted to Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) in the Western Cape for consideration. All comments and questions can be directed to Khosi Dlamini of ERM.

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ERM Contact

For more information, please contact Khosi Dlamini at