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OLDM review to include Cut 3 project

The review of Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) will include the  Orapa Cut 3 project scheduled for 2021.

The environmental coordinator, Mr Goitseone Mathope told the Boteti sub-council recently that the EMPs would also cover the Orapa process plant optimisation and storm water management infrastructure development. 

Mr Mathope informed councillors  that the OLDM prepared EMPs in 2010 in compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, of 2005.

The Orapa EMPs, he said, were approved in 2011 by a competent authority with a commitment by OLDM for a periodic review.

He explained that a number of development activities took place across OLDM post approval of the EMPs, citing the development of wellfield seven, construction of earth moving vehicles workshops at Orapa, construction of the Letlhakane Taillings and Treatment Plant (LTTP), extension of Orapa Game Park as well as the ongoing construction of fines residue disposal.

The said developments, he said, were subjected to independent studies with project specific EMPs prepared.

Cut 3 operations readiness manager, Ms Kesego Jarona said studies for Cut 3 were at the pre-feasibility stage with a number of considerations that included the upgrading of the Orapa mine contractors’ camp and associated amenities. 

Ms Jarona also said other considerations at pre-feasibility stage included the development of the operator’s village in Orapa, development of south gate and access road to reduce congestion at the east gate as well as the Orapa Mine blue area storm water rehabilitation.

Ms Jarona said as part of Cut 3 development there would be relocation of infrastructure at Orapa blue area which covers BPC Orapa one 220/33Kv outdoor substations and extension of Orapa two BPC substation plot to accommodate five by 220/33Kv transformers and associated substation equipment.

She further indicated that there were some environmental and social issues that would surface as a result of the Cut 3 project.

She said issues such as the influx of job seekers and increase in crime would likely happen.

Orapa Cut 3, she said, would extend the mine life by mining a third push back with required mining infrastructure, ore processing and supporting infrastructure. 

She said it would allow mine expansion by 500 metres to allow the pit to remain stable. 

Ms Jarona said Cut 3 impacted infrastructure covered the blue area infrastructure, communication equipment, AK 1 dewatering boreholes, geotechnical ground monitoring equipment and fleet. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Thandy Tebogo


Event : Sub-Council Meeting

Date : Mar 05 Mon,2018


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