5. How are seismic surveys authorized?
The Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) on 4 May 2021 acknowledged the acceptance of a Reconnaissance Permit submitted by CGG to undertake a multi-client speculative three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey in the Algoa-Gamtoos Basin off the Southeast Coast of South Africa. Section 74 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002; MPRDA) makes provision for such an application.
CGG has commissioned a specialist environmental consultancy to prepare a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for PASA using the best available science. If accepted, a permit may be granted to conduct the seismic survey under the conditions agreed in the environmental plan.
During the EMP preparation phase, the environmental consultancy engages with stakeholders (local communities, fisheries representatives, conservation associations, regulatory bodies, etc.) and addresses their potential concerns. After completing the comment period, the EMP will be updated to a final report, considering the comments received. The final EMP will then be submitted to PASA for consideration and recommendation to the Minister responsible for mineral resources or the delegated authority, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), on whether the Reconnaissance Permit should be granted.
Should the permit be awarded, it is anticipated that the proposed survey could commence in January 2022.
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