NamWater: ESIA for the Desalination Plant and the #Gaingu PV Power Plant

22 September 2023 | Client: Namibia Water Corporation Ltd

Namibia Water Corporation Ltd (NamWater) is a wholly state-owned enterprise whose mandate is the supply of bulk water services to Namibia. NamWater is proposing the development of a desalination plant and water carriage system to secure water supply to the Namibian Central Coastal area. NamWater further intends to develop a photovoltaic (PV) plant in the #Gaingu Conservancy to supply power to the proposed desalination plant and pump station.

The development and operation of the Desalination and Water Carriage System and PV plant is subject to an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) being granted by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) in terms of the Environmental Management Act, 2007 (No. 7 of 2007) (EMA).

Granting of the ECC is subject to an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) being undertaken. SLR Environmental Consulting Namibia (SLR) has been appointed to undertake the necessary ESIA process on behalf of NamWater.

A Scoping Process was completed and approved by MEFT in July 2021, therefore this process will resume from the Scoping Phase. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process has commenced, using the Terms of Reference as approved in the Scoping Report.

The draft ESIA report is now available for public review and comment.

Contact

Stephanie Strauss

Email: namwater-desal@slrconsulting.com

Telephone: +26461231287

Status

The Scoping Phase for this project was undertaken in 2021 and NamWater is now continuing with the impact assessment process.

The draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report prepared for the proposed Desalination Plant and Water Carriage System has been made available for public review by Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs).

I&APs are invited to review the contents of the draft ESIA report and accompanying appendices, register as an I&AP and comment on the environmental and social aspects associated with the proposed project. The draft ESIA has been made available for a 30-day review and comment period, from 22 September to 23 October 2023.

All registered I&AP have received notification that the draft ESIA Report is available for comment.

Please register your interest and any comments, in writing, to SLR at: namwater-desal@slrconsulting.com