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METISS Subsea Cable System

Environmental Impact Assessment

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) and Elettra Tlc s.p.a (Elettra) have been selected as the Suppliers of the Melting poT Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS) fibre optic submarine cable system proposed to link South Africa, Madagascar, Réunion Island and Mauritius.

The METISS submarine cabling system will span more than 3,200 km and deliver a boost to bandwidth between the respective countries, providing a connection speed of 24 Terabytes Per Second (TBps).

The anticipated METISS submarine cable footprint within RSA waters (inclusive of Territorial and Economic Exclusive Zone) is 538 km. The system includes a 14 - 35 mm diameter cable that will enter the South African Exclusive Economic Zone (200 nautical miles from the sea shore), through to the Territorial Waters (12 nautical miles from the sea shore), cross the shoreline and terminate in a Beach Manhole that will be installed at Amanzimoti Pipeline Beach in KwaZulu-Natal. The cable system is provisionally scheduled to be landed and installed in the first quarter of 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2020.

The METISS open cable system is owned by a consortium of companies including Canal+ Télécom, CEB FiberNet, EMTEL, Zeop, SRR (SFR) and TELMA. ASN is responsible for the installation of the cable system within the South African terrestrial footprint. Liquid Telecom is the landing party and is responsible for the operational aspects of this project. As such, Liquid telecom has been defined as the proponent for the purposes of this Project.

All planning, installation and maintenance are performed according to approved and certified ISO quality systems. The planning of the route is performed in accordance with industry recognised standards and codes including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Environmental Impact Assessment Process
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has been appointed by Liquid Telecom to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998, as amended) for the environmental authorisation of this Project. A typical EIA process is usually undertaken in three phases namely Scoping Phase, Specialist Studies, and Impact Assessment. The Scoping Report identifies the potentially significant environmental and social issues relating to the establishment/construction, operation and decommissioning of the proposed development that should be addressed in the EIA. This was done through desktop review of available project and baseline information, initial engagement with key stakeholders (and other public consultation initiatives) as well as a site reconnaissance.

The Draft Scoping Report has been compiled as part of the EIA process 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. Copies of the Draft Scoping Report were made available for public comment for a 30 day period. Comments made during this period were recorded and addressed in a Comments and Responses Report in the Final Scoping Report (Annex C). The Final Scoping Report was submitted to the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for review and was approved on 14 April 2019.
The Draft Impact Assessment Report documents the findings of the Impact Assessment Phase, including Specialist Studies. Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report have been made available for public comment for a 30 day period between 4 June and 5 July 2019. Comments made during this period will be recorded and addressed in a Comments and Responses Report in the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report. The Final Impact Assessment Report will then be submitted to the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for review.

Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report

METISS Draft EIA Report

Appendix A

Appendix B Part 1
Appendix B Part 2

Appendix C

Appendix D Part 1
Appendix D Part 2
Appendix D Part 3
Appendix D Part 4

Appendix E

Appendix F Part 1
Appendix F Part 2

Appendix G Part 1
Appendix G Part 2A
Appendix G Part 2B
Appendix G Part 2C
Appendix G Part 2D
Appendix G Part 2E

Acceptance of the Scoping Report

Acceptance of Scoping Report.pdf

Final Scoping Report

METISS Final Scoping Report.pdf

Appendix A Undertaking by the EAP.pdf

Appendix B Stakeholder Engagement Part 1.pdf

Appendix B Stakeholder Engagement Part 2.pdf

Appendix B Stakeholder Engagement Part 3.pdf

Appendix C Comments and Response Report.pdf

Appendix D Maps.pdf

Appendix E Pre-Application Material.pdf

Draft Scoping Report

METISS Draft Scoping Report.pdf

Annexes.pdf

Contact information

For more information on the Final Scoping Report, please contact:

Vicky Stevens
metiss-subseacable-eia@erm.com
Tel: +2721 681 5400
Post: Postnet Suite 90, Private Bag X12, Tokai, 7966