SepChem Part 2 Draft EIR

SepChem Industries (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor Ltd (previously Sephaku  Fluoride Ltd proposes to establish a chemical production facility comprising of an Aluminium Fluoride Plant, Sulphuric Acid Plant, and Hydrogen Fluoride Plant on Portion 9 (formerly registered as Portion 4) of the Farm Jobarne 489JR within the Ekandustria Industrial Complex, situated approximately 13 km north of Bronkhorstspruit and 2 km south-west of Enkangala, within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

SepChem Industries (Pty) Ltd, formerly Sephaku Fluoride Limited, was originally granted Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the construction and operation of the chemical production facility by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) on the 23rd of April 2012. The EA (Gaut 002/10-11/N0165) had a validity period of two (2) years from the date it was issued, and since then, the validity period of the EA has been extended two (2) times as follows:

  1. First Amended EA (Gaut 006/13-14/E0112), dated 05th May 2014 – the validity period was extended by an additional two (years) from the date of the amended EA. The name of the holder of the EA was also changed to SepFluor Limited.
  2. Second Amended EA (Gaut 006/15-16/E0165), dated 17th March 2016 - the two (2) years validity period of the initial environmental authorisation issued on 23 April 2012 and extended by another two (2) years on amendment granted on 05 May 2014, was extended by another six (6) years within which the activity must commence. This means the activity was required to commence within a period of six (6) years from the 17th of March 2016. Holder of Environmental Authorisation was changed from Sephaku Fluoride Limited to SepChem Industries (Pty) Ltd. Contact Person was also changed from Mr. Lock van den Heever to Sabatha Mahote.

The six-year validity period was due on the 16th of March 2022 and OMI Solutions (Pty) Ltd (OMI) was appointed by the holder of the EA, SepChem Industries (Pty) Ltd (SepChem), to apply for another extension of timeframe in the validity period of the EA. The application for amendment of the EA was submitted to GDARD on the 10th of March 2022, and the Department acknowledged receipt of the application on 15th March 2022 with reference number Gaut 006/21-22/E0116.

GDARD requested, in their email correspondence dated 4th April 2022, that a Part 2 Amendment Application in terms of Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations, 2014 (as amended) must be submitted to the Department as the request for extension on the validity of the EA extends beyond the regulated timeframe of ten (10) years. A letter confirming withdrawal of a Part 1 Amendment Application and commencement with a Part 2 Amendment Application was submitted to GDARD by SepChem on the 5th of April 2022. OMI then commenced with the Public Participation process as required in terms of Regulations 41- 44 of the EIA Regulations, 2014, as amended. The Part 2 Amendment Application together with the Public Participation Report was submitted to the Department on the 31st of August 2022. The Department acknowledged, in their correspondence dated 13th April 2023, to have received the application on the 10th of March 2023.  In the same correspondence, the Department requested an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be submitted as contemplated in Regulation 32 of the EIA Regulations 2014, as amended. This EIR is therefore in response to the Department’s request.

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