240604003949 - Proposed exploration well drilling in Licence Block 2914A, Orange Basin, off the coast of southern Namibia.

Rhino Resources Namibia Ltd. (Rhino) is proposing to undertake oil and gas exploration well drilling activities within Block 2914A. The proposed offshore exploration programme includes drilling up to ten wells, some being exploration wells and some being appraisal wells. 2. Waste management, treatment, handling and disposal activities 2.2 Any activity entailing a scheduled process referred to in the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Ordinance, 1976. There are currently no scheduled activities listed in terms of the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Ordinance, 1976. This activity has, however, been included should the incineration of waste be listed in future. 2.3 The import, processing, use and recycling, temporary storage, transit or export of waste. Waste would be generated by the drilling unit and transported to shore by the support vessels. 3. Mining and quarrying activities 3.2 Other forms of mining or extraction of any natural resources whether regulated by law or not. 3.3 Resource extraction, manipulation, conservation and related activities. 3.4 The extraction or processing of gas from natural and non-natural resources, … The objective of the proposed exploration well drilling is to investigate the hydrocarbon potential of the geological structure of the “prospect” in the License Block. This may result in the extraction of oil or gas. 9. Hazardous substance treatment, handling and storage 9.1 The manufacturing, storage, handling or processing of a hazardous substance defined in the Hazardous Substances Ordinance, 1974 Non-aqueous drilling fluid (NADF) and hydrocarbons are not specifically defined in the Hazardous Substances Ordinance, 1974. This activity has, however, been included, as components of the drilling fluid are hydrocarbons and could be considered to have hazardous properties. 9.3 The bulk transportation of dangerous goods using pipeline, funiculars or conveyors with a throughout capacity of 50 tons or 50 m3 or more per day. The proposed drilling operation would make use of infrastructure (particularly the pipe casings inside the wellbore) which could convey oil or gas from the geological structure to the drilling unit at the surface. This activity is included to provide for a situation where the throughput capacity of hydrocarbons is 50 tons or 50 m3 or more per day. 9.4 The storage and handling of a dangerous good, including petrol, diesel, liquid petroleum gas or paraffin, in containers with a combined capacity of more than 30 m3 at any one location. The proposed drilling operation would make use of infrastructure which would handle and store oil, gas and/or fuel (diesel). This activity is included to provide for a situation where the combined storage capacity exceeds 30 m3 at any one location. 10. Infrastructure 10.1 The construction of (e) any structure below the high-water mark of the sea; The proposed drilling operations would result in the placement of drilling equipment (i.e. a wellhead) on the seabed. During decommissioning the wellhead(s) would be abandoned (remain) on the seafloor.

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