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Hearings on Suitability of Thyspunt Site on the Cards

July 27, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Hybrid public hearings on Eskom’s application for the suitability of the Thyspunt site in the Eastern Cape for a new nuclear installation are in the pipeline.

The mineral resources and energy department announced the hearings in Government Gazette 44881 in terms of the National Nuclear Regulator Act.

The hearings are scheduled for 25 August 2021 in St Francis Bay and 26 August 2021 in Jeffreys Bay.

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invites comment until 31 July 2021.

Stakeholders wishing to make oral submissions at the hearings must register with the NNR as an intervener by 31 July 2021.

Meanwhile, the department has announced a public consultation stakeholder workshop on the Draft Amendment Regulations Regarding Mandatory Blending of Biofuels with Petrol and Diesel for 27 July 2021.

The Draft Amendment Regulations were published for comment at the end of March 2021 in Gazette 44362 in terms of the Petroleum Products Act.

A new definition on bio-ethanol is proposed.

It stipulates that “bio-ethanol means ethanol derived from plant material (including crops, agricultural and forestry residues), animal residues, industrial and domestic/municipal waste as well as other organic and/or renewable resources. The ethanol must conform to the relevant South African National Standard”.

A proposed new definition on “biodiesel” means a “renewable fuel or fuel component derived from plant material (including crops, agricultural and forestry residues), animal residues, industrial and domestic/municipal waste as well as other organic and/or renewable resources such as algae. This renewable fuel or fuel component must conform to the relevant South African National Standard”.

Reference to “products” is also proposed to be inserted into section 3 on Purchase and Mandatory Blending of Biofuels.

In another invitation, the department announced a stakeholder workshop on the Draft Repeal
Petroleum Products Specifications and Standards.

The Draft Regulations were published in Gazette 44363 at the end of March 2021.

They set out the specifications and standards for petroleum products that may be sold for consumption in South Africa.

The Draft Regulations focus on permitted petrol grades; sale of petrol; permitted diesel grades; prohibition of certain activities; inspection and testing of petroleum products; labelling specification for petroleum products and records.

The plan is for the Standards, once approved, to come into effect five years after publication.

The stakeholder workshop is set for 29 July 2021.