Coega could solve Bay water woes

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Port Elizabeth – The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) received the landmark approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a 440 hecters Land-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ) and a Desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) this past week.

CDC Manager Project Development, Dr Keith Du Plessis, said the approval of the EIA is a major leap towards fulfilling the Coega SEZ vision. “ The vision of the is to locate one of the largest ADZ’s in South Africa on one geographical footprint, in the Coega SEZ and respond to the severe water shortages experienced by the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB),” 

South Africa’s aquaculture sector is largely untapped and underperforming because smaller companies usually fail to obtain EIA approval cited the manager.

“The approved EIA relieves the financial burden from the investor as it would ordinarily take up to two years for companies seeking to establish an aquaculture facility and or a desalination plant at the Coega SEZ. This is evident of the CDC’s value proposition as a plug and play environment, where investors have shortened timeframes from when they enquire about investing to when they have access to market,” added Dr Du Plessis.

 The NMB Municipality earlier this month announced that the water levels of the Metro supply dams reached an all-time low of just above 24 %. The CDC now has authorization to develop facilities for the desalination of water with a maximum capacity of 60 million litres per day. 

This 60 million litres of water has the capacity of providing water for almost a quarter of Nelson Mandela Metro’s current water consumption needs which currently sit at approximately 260 million litres per dayMajor strides have been made in this regard over the past few years that have seen the costs coming down substantially.

Naziziphiwo Buso

 

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