Shell Kleinsee Storage Tank Decommissioning

Basic Assessment

Shell Downstream SA (Pty) Ltd, (Shell), is submitting an application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of Activity 31 of Listing Notice 1 (GN R 327; April 2017) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2017, of the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as amended.

This includes the decommissioning and removal of 8 fuel storage tanks within the De Beers Mining Complex in Kleinsee, Northern Cape.

Notice is hereby given in terms of the National Environment Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as amended, that Shell will apply for an EA for the proposed decommissioning through a Basic Assessment (BA) process. The overall fuel storage capacity of the Kleinsee sites will be decreased through decommissioning and removal of tanks with a combined storage capacity of 604m3.

The tanks to be decommissioned and removed are as follows:

1 x 23m3 Underground Storage Tank
7 x 83m3 Above Ground Storage Tanks

The competent authority for the BA is the Northern Cape Department of Mineral Resources (NC DMR). Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has been appointed as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to undertake the BA and associated Public Participation Processes.

The Project will require Environmental Authorisation through a Basic Assessment (BA) process, as the following listed activity is triggered:

  • Activity 31: The decommissioning of existing facilities, structures or infrastructure for any development and related operation activity or activities listed in this Notice, Listing Notice 2 of 2014 or Listing Notice 3 of 2014.

Participate and Comment

Stakeholders are invited to register as Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) and to participate in the BA processes by identifying issues of concern and providing suggestions to enhance benefits of the project. Registered I&APs will be kept informed about the Project and will be notified when Basic Assessment Report will be made available for comment.

Contact Details

Stephanie Gopaul
Tel No: +27 31 265 0033