Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (Dow), previously known as Dow Advanced Chemicals, intends increasing the production capacity at their New Germany site through the proposed Dow New Germany PUSH Expansion project.
The proposed expansion allows for the inclusion of the following above-ground infrastructure: a 50m3 storage tank, a 20m3 Isotainer, a 10m3 blender and associated support infrastructure (eg. Pipelines). The associated infrastructure will aid with the manufacture and storage of raw material and product.
Dow New Germany is a Category 6 Listed Activity and has an Atmospheric Emission License (AEL) that was issued by eThekwini Municipality. The proposed expansion activity necessitates that the AEL amendment request must be lodged with the Licensing Authority at eThekwini Municipality (i.e. for any proposed changes in the process or production rates).
The Project will require Environmental Authorisation through a Basic Assessment (BA) in terms of the National Environment Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as the following listed activity is triggered:
- LN 1 (2017), Activity 34: The expansion of existing facilities or infrastructure for any process or activity where such expansion will result in the need for a permit or licence or an amended permit or licence in terms of national or provincial legislation governing the release of emissions, effluent or pollution.
- LN 1 (2017), Activity 51: The expansion and related operation of facilities for the storage, or storage and handling, of a dangerous good, where the capacity of such storage facility will be expanded by more than 80 cubic metres.
The Isotainer will reduce the frequency of change-over of cylinders, thereby reducing the potential for spills and exposure. The proposed expansion relates to an increase in total above-ground storage capacity by 80m3, as defined below:
- 50m3 Storage Tank.
- 20m3 Isotainer.
- 10 m3 Blender.
- Associated support infrastructure (e.g. pipelines).