Sishen Iron Ore Mine (Kathu, Northern Cape) had two 1 million-litre above ground diesel tanks. These were insufficient for the mine’s long-term operations and emergency situations. The mine therefore proposed to upgrade the diesel storage capacity enabling them to fulfil future needs. With the proposed expansion, Sishen Mine would be able to operate more efficiently especially if, the continual diesel delivery was interrupted.
The National Environmental Management Act (NEMA, 107 of 1998) requires that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process be undertaken.
A scoping and EIA process was done during which alternatives were identified. Possible significant risks associated with the increased diesel storage facility were identified during a risk analysis workshop attended by a multi-disciplinary team. A comparative assessment was done on the site alternatives identified and this, together with the specialist reports, used to reach a decision on the most appropriate and safe site for the tanks. Registered interested and affected parties were kept up to date throughout the process. A legal compliance register was also compiled by as part of the mine’s Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
The EIA was successfully completed and an Environmental Authorisation received from the authority granting permission to proceed with the proposed activity