An Environmental Impact Assessment certificate has been awarded to Edenville Energy’s Tanzanian entity, Edenville International Tanzania. The certificate approves coal mining activities at the Namwele and Mkomolo deposits near Lake Rukwa in Tanzania.
After extensive field studies and analysis over 2012 and 2013 in conjunction with its Tanzanian environmental consultants, Tansheq, and completion of reviews and site visit from the Tanzanian Authorities, the EIA report was submitted to the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) at the end of last year.
Rufus Short, CEO of Edenville Energy, said: "We are very grateful to all who have been involved in carrying out the work to obtain the EIA certificate. Our consultants in Tanzania and South Africa, NEMC and the Tanzanian Government have all played a part in moving the assessment along towards a positive conclusion.”
"We are excited about receiving the approval of the EIA as it is a critical milestone in the development of the Rukwa coal-to-power project,” Short continued. It is a key deliverable for Edenville and provides the cornerstone from which to move forward with the coal mine development plan. It gives confidence to our current and potential partners in the power plant development that an accessible source of fuel will be available, significantly de-risking the overall coal-to-power project.”
"The certificate covers coal mining activities with the next steps towards mining including the completion of a feasibility study on the coal-to-power project and the subsequent conversion of current Prospecting Licences and primary mining licences into full mining licences. Further environmental studies and approvals will be required as part of the development process for a power plant,” Short concluded.
Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson
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