ESIA for the proposed Sandpiper Marine Phosphate Project within ML 170, offshore, Namibia

Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd.

Environmental Compliance Consultancy (ECC) has been contracted by Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd (NMP) to revise and update the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for dredging of marine phosphate material within ML 170, offshore, Namibia.

The proposed project is located within mining licence ML 170 and is referred to as the Sandpiper Marine Phosphate Project (referred to as “the Project” herein).  Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd (hereafter referred to as “The Proponent”), is the official applicant for the proposed project and environmental clearance application.

Previous exploration activities have verified to internationally approved standards the existence of a world-class economically viable marine phosphate deposit in the mining licence area ML 170.  The mining licence comprises an area of 2,233 km2 and is located offshore approximately 120km southwest of Walvis Bay. The eastern boundary of the mining licence is located approximately 40 km off the coast (directly west of Conception Bay) and water depths where the deposit is situated range from 190 m at the eastern boundary to 300 m and the western boundary of the mining licence.  The proposed project is located within the priority mining area for industrial minerals: phosphate in terms of the draft marine spatial plan.

The intention is to develop these deposits using proven deep water dredging techniques, transfer the product to shore at Walvis Bay where minimal beneficiation is required to separate the phosphate from other marine sediments. The processed product is an exportable phosphate concentrate.


ECC’s Role

Environmental Compliance Consultancy cc. hereby gives notice to all members of the public that an application for an environmental clearance certificate in accordance with the Environmental Management Act, No. 7 of 2007 will be made for the proposed Sandpiper Marine Phosphate Project within ML 170, offshore, Namibia. Members of the public are invited to register as an Interested and Affected Party (IAP) and provide input into the environmental and social impact assessment.

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Appendix O – Specialists CV's.pdfDownload
Appendix D – EAP CVs.pdfDownload
Appendix C – I&AP Comments Consolidation.pdfDownload
Appendix B – Summary of public consultation document.pdfDownload
Appendix A – Environmental management plan.pdfDownload
ECC-133-377-REP-03-D ESIA Report_Final.pdfDownload
Appendix N – 2014 Verification study.pdfDownload
Appendix M – EC's Scoping report ackowledgement letter.pdfDownload
Appendix L – Supplementary phosphate industry socio-economic specialist study.pdfDownload
Appendix K – Noise modelling specialist study.pdfDownload
Appendix J – Toxicity specialist study.pdfDownload
Appendix I – hydrodynamic modelling turbidity thr.pdfDownload
Appendix I – HR Wallingford plume dispersion mode.pdfDownload
Appendix H – Socio-economic specialist study.pdfDownload
Appendix G – Independent Review by Andy Payne.pdfDownload
Appendix F – Fisheries, mammals and seabirds specialist study.pdfDownload
Appendix E – Water column, sediments and benthos specialist study.pdfDownload
ECC-133-377-REP-03-A_Scoping Report_FINAL.pdfDownload
NMP Public Meeting Presentation Feb 2022 (v2) final.pdfDownload

Project Details


Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd.


Submitted to Government for Record of Decision


Mining & Minerals



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