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.

Notification of Availability of Draft Scoping Report - January 2018

ERM released a Draft Scoping Report on 26 October 2017, which was subsequently withdrawn on 07 November 2017, as Eni and Sasol wished to reconsider the scope of the project. 

Notice is hereby given that the revised Draft Scoping Report is available for comment. Changes made to the Draft Scoping Report are largely in the Project Description, Chapter 4, as the ER236 holders are now considering drilling up to six wells, instead of the four wells which were planned in the previous 2017 Draft Scoping Report.

All comments received from stakeholders with regard to the previous Draft Scoping Report have been considered and included in the 2018 Draft Scoping Report, in the Comments and Responses Report (CRR) (Annex C). Stakeholders are encouraged to ensure that their comments are captured in the CRR and are welcome to submit further comment to ERM. 

The comment period will have a duration of 30 calendar days from 22 January 2018 to 22 February 2018.

Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the below listed public meetings where ERM will present more information about the project and the EIA. During the meeting the participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the Project team. Details of the public meetings are as follows:

Date: 6 February 2018

Venue:  Premier Hotel The Richards, 3 Hibberd Dr, Meer En See, Richards Bay

Time:     17:30, the project team will be available at the venue from 16:00


Date: 7 February 2018

Venue:  Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

Time:     17:30, the project team will be available at the venue from 16:00


Date: 8 February 2018

Venue:  Port Shepstone Country Club, Port Shepstone

Time:     17:30, the project team will be available at the venue from 16:00

Download the Draft Scoping Report below:


Eni_Draft_Scoping _Report_V2_January2018.pdf

Annex A_Team_CVs.pdf

Annex B_Stakeholder_Engagement_Material.pdf

Annex C_Comments_and_Responses_Report_V7.pdf

Background Information Document:


ERM Contact

Ms Charlene Jefferies

Tel No: +27 21 6815400


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Cape Town 

South Africa