CAPE TOWN, October 2 (Reuters) – South Africa’s environment ministry has given the green light to the TotalEnergies project. (TTEF.PA) to drill offshore for natural gas and oil, after rejecting an appeal from more than a dozen individuals and advocacy groups, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The call to stop TotalEnergies from drilling in Blocks 5/6/7 off the Cape Coast was the latest in a series of challenges aimed at preventing energy companies from exploring new offshore discoveries at the foot of the Africa.
He sought to persuade Environment Minister Barbara Creecy to cancel the environmental clearance granted to the French energy company by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy in April, for reasons ranging from marine noise and from oil spills to climate change and insufficient public consultation.
But Creecy, sitting as an appellate authority, rejected their concerns in a 144-page decision seen by Reuters.
“I am therefore satisfied that the impacts of noise and light have been properly assessed and mitigated to ensure low impacts on the receiving environment. As such, this ground of appeal is dismissed,” Creecy said in the decision dated September 24.
The area of interest covers some 10,000 square km and is located offshore roughly between Cape Town and Cape Agulhas, approximately 60 km from the coast at its nearest point and 170 km at its furthest point. remote, in water depths between 700 meters and 3,200 meters.
TotalEnergies proposes to drill up to five exploration wells.
Reporting by Wendell Roelf Editing by Alexander Winning
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