Client: Gecko Salt (Pty) Ltd

Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Cape Cross Salt Project

Gecko Salt intends to develop a new solar salt production facility at the Cape Cross Salt Pan, which is located on the coast at Cape Cross in Namibia, approximately 45 km north of Henties Bay.  The development would be within Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL) 4167 and three Mining Claims (numbered 68000/1/2), all held by Gecko Salt.  The project involves the establishment of salt crystallization pans for salt production by solar evaporation (including the mining of natural rock-salt).  Salt production would be phased, up to a maximum of 1.5 million tons per annum.

An environmental clearance certificate (ECC) in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) is required from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) prior to commencement.  SLR Environmental Consulting (Namibia)(Pty) Ltd (SLR Namibia) was appointed by Gecko Salt to undertake the Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment process.

Status

The Scoping phase for the project was completed in 2016, where after the specialist studies commenced.  Al the specialist studies have been completed and were incorporated into a Draft EIA Report and EMP.  The Draft EIA Report and EMP have been made available for a 30-day review and comment period from 28 March to 2 May 2018.  The full report is available for download below.  Hard copies of the report will also be available at the Henties Bay Public Library and the Swakopmund Community Library from 29 March 2018.  Any comments om the Draft EIA Report and EMP should reach SLR by no later than 2 May 2018.

Contact Person:

Werner Petrick