Harmattan - Proposed Exploration Well Drilling in Licence Block 2813B, Orange Basin, off the coast of southern Namibia

08 November 2023 | Client: Harmattan Energy Ltd., a Chevron affiliate

Harmattan Energy Ltd., a Chevron affiliate (Harmattan) is the holder of an Exploration Licence for Licence Block 2813B, located southern coast of Namibia. Licence Block 2813B covers an area of approximately 5 433 km2 and is located between 200 km and 290 km offshore in water depths ranging from 2 300 m to 3 300 m.

Harmattan is applying to undertake further exploration and appraisal activities within Licence Block 2813B. The proposed offshore exploration programme includes:

  • Drilling up to five exploration wells and five appraisal wells;
  • Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP);
  • Well testing; and
  • Plugging and abandonment of the wells.

SLR Environmental Consulting (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to undertake a full Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the proposed additional exploration activities (hereafter collectively referred to as “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment” or “ESIA” process).


This Draft Scoping Report (DSR) forms part of the Scoping Phase of the ESIA process and has been compiled and distributed for a 30-day review and comment period from 8 November to 8 December 2023 to provide Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP) with an opportunity to comment on any aspect of the proposed project and ESIA process, and findings thereof. A full copy of the report is available for download below.

Any comments should be sent to SLR using the e-mail address shown above or this online form. For comments to be included in the FSR, comments should reach SLR by no later than 8 December 2023.