Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Tetra4 LNG - Phase 2 Project (DFC-TETRA)

  • South Africa
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Specific Location
Virginia, Free State, South Africa
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  • US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Tetra4 (Pty) Ltd
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  • Energy
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Not Disclosed
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Original disclosure @ DFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 17, 2023

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Project Description
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The Project involves the expansion of Tetra’s Helium and LNG Production and is located in Virginia, Free State, South Africa. The Project will expand helium and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production at the Borrower’s existing Virginia Gas Project. The Phase 2 targets a production capacity of five (5) metric tonnes of liquid helium per day and 670,000 cubic meters per day per day of LNG.

The LNG produced by the Project will be sold locally. Tetra’s production rights cover an area of 187,000 hectares. No thermal power generation has been included in the current Project scope and an ESIA on power generation will be conducted when Tetra decides to secure power supplies from an Independent Power Producer (IPP). The surrounding areas are primarily industrial and/or commercial areas as well as large commercial farms which border the access roads.

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

According to DFC documents:

The Project has been reviewed against DFC’s categorical prohibitions and determined to be categorically eligible. The Project is screened as Category A because it involves a major expansion of an existing LNG and helium production facility which has the potential to cause significant and irreversible impacts which need to be adequately mitigated. Primary environmental and social issues of concern include worker and community safety.

The major risks are associated with the potential for accidental releases of methane (the primary component of natural gas) from process upsets resulting in fire and explosion, but such risks have been determined to be at acceptable levels at the Project fence-line because of the moderate gas pressure (with a maximum pressure of 275 bars) and the volume of gases (helium and LNG) being produced. In addition, there are also potential impacts and risks commonly associated with hazardous materials management, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational health and safety, and community health, safety, and security.

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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Tetra4 (Pty) Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Renergen) holds a Gas Production Right (Ref: 12/4/1/07/2/2) that was granted in 2012 which spans approximately 187 000 hectares for the development of natural gas production operations near the town of Virginia in the Free State Province. Within the approval of the Production Right, the 2010 Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) was approved which was applicable to a large portion of the Production Right area.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Tetra4 Proprietary Limited Client -

Contact Information
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The Project ESIA will be available for review at:
Virginia Public Library,
47 Virginia Gardens, Virginia, 9431


Welkom City Library,
Welkom Central, Welkom, 9460



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You can find more information about the Office of Accountability at: https://www.dfc.gov/who-we-are/office-accountability

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