GIBB is Eskom’s consultant for proposed nuclear power station again

GIBB secured the contract again to act as Eskom’s independent environmental consultant following the expiry of its initial contract in October last year.

Making this announcement today in a statement GIBB  says it will continue with the revision of the Main Report for a proposed nuclear power station (at Thyspunt) and selected specialist studies.  This revised version to be known as the Draft EIR Version 2 will be made available to the public after it is finalised.

GIBB and Eskom renewed their contract in May 2012 enabling GIBB to continue with the EIA process. The company, referring to itself as The Nuclear-1 Public Participation Desk  further says the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Nuclear-1 Power Station and associated infrastructure was made available for public review and comment in May 2011, with the closing date for comment being August of the same year. “This revised version will now be known as the Draft EIR Version 1.

“Further comment from the Department of Environmental Affairs on the Revised Draft EIR Version 1 is awaited,” the statement further says. “On receipt thereof GIBB will finalise the Main Report and selected specialist studies of the Draft EIR Version 2 and make these available for public comment and review.

“Some tasks were completed last year which included the initial changes to selected specialist reports, meetings with key stakeholders related to new or substantive issues raised during the last round of public participation and comments received from Interested and Affected Parties (IAPs) were captured in an Issues and Response Report.

GIBB also says that on behalf of the EIA Project Team, it thanks all those who have participated in the EIA process thus far and those who will take further time to review future reports and submit comments. For additional information, please contact:

– By mail: GIBB Public Participation Office, Nuclear-1 EIA,P.O. Box 3965,Cape Town, 8000 ;

– By phone: 021 4699180 (Office Hours: Mon to Fri – 09h00 to 13h00 excl. public holidays) ;

– By fax: 021 424 5571;

– By email: nuclear1@gibb.co.za/ nuclear-1@gibb.co.za

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