Shell Block Northern Cape Ultra Deep Exploration Drilling ESIA, West Coast, South Africa

07 July 2024 | Client: Shell Offshore Upstream South Africa B.V.

Shell Offshore Upstream South Africa B.V. (Operator) and its Joint-Venture (JV) partners jointly hold an Exploration Right for Licence Block Northern Cape Ultra Deep (NCUD). The Operator is applying to undertake exploration and appraisal activities within Licence Block NCUD. The proposed activities within Licence Block NCUD include drilling up to 5 exploration and/or appraisal wells, vertical seismic profiling (VSP), well testing, plugging and abandonment of wells and associated geophysical surveys.

Block NCUD is located off the West Coast of South Africa, roughly between Port Nolloth and Saldanha Bay. The Block is approximately 300 km offshore, in water depths between 2 500 m and 3 200 m. The Area of Interest for drilling is approximately 5 254 square kilometres in extent.

Prior to the commencement of the Proposed Project, an Environmental Authorisation in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014, (GN R 982 of 2014), promulgated under the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is required.

SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR), an independent firm of Environmental Assessment Practitioners, has been appointed by Shell to manage the environmental authorisation processes.


The Draft Scoping Report forms part of the Scoping Phase of the ESIA process and has been compiled and distributed for public review and comment until 8 August 2024. Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP) are invited to comment on any aspect of the proposed project and ESIA process findings. A full copy of the report, as well as a Non-Technical Summary (NTS) are available for download below.

Any comments should be sent to SLR via this online form (CLICK HERE) or by contacting SLR using the details listed above. For comments to be included in the Final Scoping Report, comments should reach SLR by no later than 8 August 2024.

All I&APs are invited to attend one of the upcoming open days and meetings as advertised in the below downloadable documents. The Draft Scoping Report, NTS and information pamphlet include details of the planned open day and meeting dates, venues and times.

By providing your personal information to submit a comment, you will be included in the SLR an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) database, and you consent to SLR managing your information in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013. It is assumed that as an I&AP for this Project you authorise SLR to retain and use your Personal Information as part of a contact database for this and/or other Social and Environmental Impact Assessments (ESIA) and that you confirm your acceptance for SLR to contact you regarding this and/or other ESIA processes. SLR will not process your Personal Information, other than as permitted or required by ESIA processes, or as required by law or public policy. SLR will use reasonable, appropriate security safeguards to protect Personal Information, and to reasonably prevent any damage to, loss of, or unauthorised access or disclosure of Personal Information, other than as required for ESIA processes or as required by any Law or public policy. You may request for your Personal Information to be deleted from the I&AP database at any time by contacting SLR.

Non-Technical Summary Audio Recordings

I&AP Registration Form

What is an EIA?