eni South Africa Offshore Exploration EIA

Eni South Africa BV (Eni), and Sasol Africa Limited (Sasol) hold an exploration right off the East Coast of South Africa. Eni and Sasol are considering the possibility of conducting an exploration drilling programme in Block ER 236 (12/3/236) to assess the commercial viability of the hydrocarbon reservoir for future development.

The Project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), through the Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA). The authorisation would be under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998).

To obtain an EA, Eni must undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations, 2014. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is the competent authority and has powers to authorise the development or refuse it. Applications must be submitted to PASA. PASA is responsible for evaluating applications, entering into negotiations with applicants and making recommendations to the Minister of Mineral Resources on their acceptability.

This website serves to disseminate Project information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, or wish to register as an interested and affected party, please contact ERM.


07 November 2017: Eni and Sasol’s exploration drilling project in ER236 is being reconsidered and it will be necessary to amend the current Draft Scoping Report.

As such, based on the current NEMA EIA regulations and associated timelines, Eni have decided to re-release the Draft Scoping Report and re-submit the application form in early 2018. The public meetings scheduled for the 13th and 14th November in Richards Bay and Durban will therefore be postponed until January/February 2018 and a revised Draft Scoping Report will be released to the public and advertised prior to the meetings. It will be ensured that stakeholders are given the optimal time allowed for by legislation to comment and participate in the process.

Please note that all comments submitted during the initial notification period will still be included in the Comments and Responses Report. Once the revised scope is made available, comments already submitted may be also revised; withdrawn or replaced entirely. All stakeholders who have registered will remain on the stakeholder database.

We apologise for any potential inconvenience caused. We look forward to engaging with you further during 2018.

ERM Contact

Ms Charlene Jefferies

Tel No: +27 21 6815400


2nd Floor Great Westerford

240 Main Road



Cape Town 

South Africa