Client: TotalEnergies EP South Africa Block 567 (Pty) Ltd (TEEPSA)

TotalEnergies - Proposed Offshore Exploration in Block 5/6/7, South-West Coast, South Africa

April 20, 2023

TEEPSA and its partners are applying for Environmental Authorisation to undertake exploration activities in Block 5/6/7 off the South-West Coast of South Africa.  TEEPSA proposes to drill one exploration well, and success dependent, up to four additional wells within an Area of Interest within the Block.  The Area of Interest is located offshore roughly between Cape Town and Cape Agulhas, approximately 60 km from the coast at its closest point and 170 km at its furthest, in water depths between 700 m and 3 200 m (locality map available for download below).  SLR has been appointed to undertake the required Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).


Notice is hereby given that on 17 April 2023 the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) granted an Environmental Authorisation for the above-
mentioned project in terms of the National Environment Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations 2014.  This provides TEEPSA with authorisation to, inter alia, drill up to five exploration wells within the area of interest in Block 5/6/7.   

A copy of the Environmental Authorisation is included in the EA Notification Letter available for download below.

Your attention is drawn to your right to lodge a formal appeal with the Appeal Administrator. In terms of Section 4(1) of the National Appeals Regulations 2014 (as amended), an appellant must, within twenty (20) days from the date that the notification of the decision was sent to the registered Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) (i.e. 20 days from 20 April 2023).