Anglo American and Vedanta Zinc entered into a bid to increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, appropriate water, and pollute two African countries.
Anglo American Thermal Coal (AATC) has contracted Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) to build a 600MW coal-fired power station for their own use and possibly for the sale of electricity to South Africa’s national grid. VZI sees its power requirements at 350MW (possibly for sale to the grid), another 150MW for its Scorpion/Skorpion Zinc mine in Namibia, and another 100MW for its Konkola Copper Mine in Zambia.
AATC will supply low grade coal to the VZI for the power station. This coal is of such low-grade that it is unsuitable for Eskom’s (South Africa’s state owned electricity generator) existing and under-construction coal-fired power stations.
Earthlife Africa Jhb has started to address the issue with Anglo American and has engaged in a variety of actions:
- AngloAmerican has responded with a letter to ELA’s request for information regarding their application for their operation in the Waterberg. AngloAmerican states that it has provided “more than enough information […] to meaningfully comment on the application”.
- As Digby Wells is not sharing information about AngloAmerican’s and Vedanta Zinc’s applications for their respective operations, the Centre for Environmental Rights sent letters to both Anglo Operations Proprietary Limited and to Vedanta Zinc. The letters ask the companies to communicate with Digby Wells that it should make available the applications that have already been made, and, in due course, the other applications once these have been made.
- Earthlife Africa Jhb has requested copies of the applications for the waste managements licences in relation to both the proposed Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine of Anglo American and the proposed Vedanta Power Pland of Vedant Zinc International.
- Earthlife Africa Jhb has submitted its comments on the Draft Scoping Report for the proposed Vedanta Power Plant (Project Number: VED1565) as well as the Draft Scoping Report for the proposed Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine (DEA Ref No: 14/12/16/3/3/3/80)
- A Fact Sheet (dated 2013-07-29) has been provided by Earthlife and its partner groundWork on AATC’s and VZI’s plans.
- Pickets have startet as early as July 18 at the Anglo American Headquarters in the centre of Johannesburg – click on the links for the subsequent pickets (July 25 and August 1) and the march on Anglo’s climate killer
- As an Interested and Affected Party and after consultations with technical, legal and other specialists and IAPs, Earthlife Africa Jhb has requested 60 days extensions for both comments on the Vedanta PS Draft Scoping Report and for comments on AATC Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine Draft Scoping Report
- Earthlife Africa Jhb notified the relevant authorities that Digby Wells’ website seems to be compromised (hacked)
There is a great deal that the individuals and organisations can do to stop this plant from being built. The very first thing were to submit comments to the Draft Scoping Report. The deadline for comments was the 20th of August 2013. Earthlife Africa will update this information when other opportunities arise to oppose the plan.
The Draft Scoping Report documentation for the plant is available on the website of DigbyWells – environmental consultants for the process.