Client: TotalEnergies EP South Africa B.V. (TEEPSA)

TotalEnergies - Proposed Offshore Exploration in Block Deep Water Orange Basin (DWOB), West Coast, South Africa

May 12, 2023

TEEPSA and its partners are applying for Environmental Authorisation to undertake exploration activities in Deep Water Orange Basin (DWOB) off the West Coast of South Africa.  TEEPSA is proposing to undertake various exploration activities within the DWOB Licence Block, including:

  • Sonar bathymetry surveys throughout the year;
  • Drop core sampling; and
  • Exploration well drilling (including vertical seismic profiling).

TEEPSA proposes to drill one exploration well, and success dependent, up to nine additional wells in total within an Area of Interest within the Block (i.e., up to ten wells in total). The Area of Interest for exploration drilling is 9 711.21 km2 in extent and is located offshore roughly between Port Nolloth and Hondeklip Bay, approximately 188 km from the coast at its closest point and 340 km at its furthest, in water depths between 1000 m and 3000 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 in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) (as amended) and the EIA Regulations 2014 (as amended) that the draft ESIA Report is available for a 30-day review and comment period from 12 May to 12 June 2023.  Copies of the full report and Non-Technical Summary are available for download below.

All stakeholders are invited to attend the public meetings as listed on this webpage (click here).  The objectives of these meetings are to provide an overview of the project proposal and findings of the impact assessment process, as well as provide stakeholders a further opportunity to comment.