07 Feb

Environmental Chemistry and Engineering Conference, Berlin, Germany

Register to Attend the 8thInternational Conference on

Environmental Chemistry and Engineering

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Welcome Message

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join the 8th International Conference on Environmental Chemistry and Engineering from 20th to 22nd September 2018 to be held at Berlin, Germany.

Theme: Accentuating Novel Researches and Frontline Advances of Environmental Chemistry

The scientific committee preparing the program with great care to provide a world-class scientific program to make this event again a memorable one by complementing up to date research sessions with diverse educational symposia and a galaxy of eminent national and international speakers will participate. We have collaborations and partnerships with various organizations.

In addition to practical aspects of routine Environmental Chemistry it is also very important to remain in touch with the latest advances and innovations and exchange ideas by the national and international eminent speakers and researchers.

Berlin is the beautiful, historical and entertainment city of Germany. Moreover, the weather in September will be very pleasant. You will thus have the opportunity to enjoy many other things in around Berlin besides the conference.

Dear prospective delegates, we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity to attend the EnvironmentalChemistry-2018 being held in Berlin, Germany. On behalf of the organizing committee we extend a very warm welcome & promise a comfortable stay, great scientific content & pleasant memories to take home.

Come and enjoy the biggest event of our specialty, full of scientific innovations, enriching moments with their peers and also treat this charming and hospitable city!

With warm regards,

Organizing Committee

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Delegate registration is discounted at $500. Enjoy more discounts by mailing for details learning@richflood.com or visit the conference website to register NOW with the discount opportunity.

 

06 Apr

Bogi Coal Mines EIA

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE PROPOSED COAL EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION PROJECT AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES BY BOGI COAL MINES LIMITED, DEKINA L.G.A., KOGI STATE

Background Information Document (BID)

This Background Information Document (BID) provides information to assist stakeholders to participate in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental authorization process for the proposed Coal Mine (18597 EL) located at Dekina L.G.A, of Kogi State by Bogi Coal Mines Ltd. (Bogi Mines).

What is the EIA About?

Basically, the EIA is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the physical, biological, social and other relevant effects of BOGI COAL MINES LIMITED (Bogi Mines) proposed project prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.

In compliance with Nigeria regulatory bodies statutory provisions and in accordance to the EIA Act 86 of 1992, Bogi Mines (the project-proponent) has commissioned Richflood International Ltd, being a Nigerian based environmental and laboratory consulting firm, to conduct an EIA of the proposed Coal Mine Operation of Bogi Mines in Kogi State.

Background

BOGI COAL MINES LIMITED (Bogi Mines) is a subsidiary company of SkipperSeil Group.

Skipper is an integrated energy firm with focus on Electrical Innovation, Design, Manufacturing and Engineering. Skipper has been serving the power sector in India and across the globe since 1986 and has its global footprints through its subsidiaries in India, Nigeria (Bogi Coal Mines Limited e.t.c), Ghana and Middle East, where Skipper-make products are manufactured and/or projects of sub-stations, transmission lines and power generation plants are undertaken.

The Vision of Skipper is “To be an International Power and Infrastructure enterprise most admired for its People, Performance and Partnerships”. It is against this backdrop that the Bogi Mines project is conceived in Kogi state.

In addition to contributing to the diversification of the country’s economy, and support the country’s efforts to enhance people’s access to affordable and reliable electricity supply, the purpose of the proposed coal mine at Dekina is to provide coal as a main source of fuel to the proposed Bogi Power Generation Co. Ltd 500MW Ofu Independent Power Plant (Ofu-IPP) in Kogi State.

Project Location

Bogi Mines is to be located at Ibobo Community in Abocho District with adjoining villages such as Ajakeya, Eniji, Eneji, Emewe, Araba, Ajonigbegwu and Ate Nasarawa at Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state

Fig 1: Map of Nigeria Showing the Project Area (Kogi State)

Source: Richflood 2017

Project Influenced Area (Dekina L.G.A Communities)

  1. Ajakeya
  2. Abocho
  3. Adiele
  4. Eniji
  5. Eneji
  6. Emewe
  7. Araba Salifu
  8. Araba Abilo
  9. Biradu
  1. Ajonigbegwu; and
  2. Ate Nasarawa

Fig 2: Satellite Imagery/GPS Points of the Bogi Coal mines, Dekina LGA, Kogi State. Source: Google Map

Project Overview

The overall coal mining process consists of several sequential stages: (1) exploration of a potentially economic coal seam to assess minable reserves, environmental issues, marketable reserves, and permitting risks; (2) analysis and selection of a mining plan; (3) developing the mine; (4) extracting the coal; (5) processing the coal; and (6) decommissioning the mine and releasing the property for post-mining use. The two essential requirements that must be fulfilled before a prospective coal mine can enter the development stage are confirmation that there are sufficient minable reserves of adequate quality with no unacceptable environmental or permitting risks, and confirmation of an assured or contracted market for a substantial fraction of the coal that will be mined.

Fig 4: Showing a coal mine exploration and exploitation scheduled activities

The proposed mining method will be a combination of surface mining and highwall mining. This alternative allows for complete exploitation of the coal reserve in the area employing the surface and the highwall mining for greater stripping ratios with an expected mine life of 30 plus years.

BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In general terms, the Project being proposed will consist of:

  1. Construction and upgrading of access roads and the development of a product loading facility;
  2. Construction of water management systems designed for the management and treatment of water affected by mining activities;
  3. Construction of office, maintenance and coal processing plant facilities with associated stockpile areas, water treatment and sewage facilities;
  4. Development of an explosives storage area and delivery system;
  5. Removal and temporary storage of soil in stockpiles for re-use during progressive decommissioning and reclamation;
  6. Development of mine pit excavations;
  7. Development of waste rock stockpile areas;
  8. Production of dry tailings for co-deposition with waste rock in a purpose-built waste management facility;
  9. Progressive decommissioning and reclamation by backfilling, to the extent possible, of previously mined pit areas as the Project proceeds;
  • Rehabilitation of areas where mining and backfilling has been completed during the life of mine to meet agreed final land use objectives;
  • Final decommissioning and closure consultation with Regulators;

Additional on-site infrastructure includes, but may not be limited to:

  1. Lay-down and parking areas;
  2. Fuel, hazardous substances and waste storage facilities;
  3. Mine dewatering wells, pumps, sumps and piping;
  4. Settling ponds and contact water collection ditches;
  5. Fresh water wells;
  6. Fresh water piping and storage;
  7. Fire hydrants and fire protection system;
  8. Potable water source; and
  9. Sewage collection and disposal system

Other Social Infrastructures may be constructed as deemed fit by the Proponent, which may include the following:

  1. Offices/Administrative block building
  2. Warehouse/storage area
  3. Workshop maintenance
  4. Security/Guard house
  5. Green-belt area
  6. Vehicle parking lot/space and transport-route map

 Objectives of the EIA

The objectives of the EIA for the project site are to: Provide information and evidence required for developing an Environmental Impact Statement for the project site;

  • Establish baseline information for the project site.
  • Identify associated/potential impacts of the project in the area;
  • Recommend preventive, mitigative and control measures for the identified potential/associated adverse impacts of the project; and
  • Develop an effective Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the lifetime of the project.

POTENTIAL AND ASSOCIATED IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Indicators

The environmental impact indicators for the study are easily observable parameters that will indicate change/deviation, which can be used to monitor the various environmental components.

The primary Biophysical Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Climate and meteorology;
  • Air quality;
  • Noise levels;
  • Groundwater;
  • Geology and geomorphology;
  • Soils and soil erosion;
  • Drainage patterns and flooding;
  • Unique physical features; and
  • Vegetation including economic trees and crops.

The primary Socio-Economic Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Land use;
  • Employment and income;
  • Community population and ethnicity;
  • Community relations; and
  • Services (e.g water and electricity supply).

Baseline studies for the EIA will include, but not be limited to assessment of the following:

  • Fauna and Flora;
  • Air quality and Noise;
  • Demographics, Population, Ethnicity; Language, Vulnerable Groups, Education
  • Socio-Cultural Institutions, Leadership Patterns, Government Administration, and Other Institutions (NGOs/CBOs);
  • Terrestrial Soils and Geology;
  • Surface and Ground Water;
  • Livelihoods and Micro-Economy, Key Livelihoods, and Employment;
  • Transport and Access;
  • Social Infrastructure and Cultural Sites; and
  • Community Health and Safety.

The main environmental issues are as follows (not limited):

  1. Socio-Economic and Livelihood Impacts:
  • Increased government revenue;
  • Creation of employment opportunities and skills enhancement (A number of local businesses likely to secure contracts. Potential exists for creating income and building a more stable and diverse local economy);
  • Social benefits for the host communities through on-going community development plans.
  • Increased price inflation and economic vulnerability; and
  • Community anger and resentment over unmet expectations.
  1. Impacts Related to Project Induced In-Migration.
  1. Changes to Socio-Cultural Heritage:
  • Disturbance to cultural values, traditional leadership and intangible heritage.
  1. Community Health, Safety and Security:
  • Increased incidence of communicable diseases;
  • Increased transmission of malaria; and
  • Increased incidence of non-communicable diseases.
  1. Impact on Flora and Fauna
  • Destruction of habitat for plant species of special concern (SSC) within the farm development footprints.
  • Destruction of habitat for faunal species of special concern (SSC).
  • Loss of plant SSC due to vegetation clearing and disturbance
  • Disruption of ecological corridors, patterns and processes
  • Increased erosion risk and topsoil loss due to vegetation clearing and disturbances
  • Loss of fauna species of special concern as a result of poaching, hunting and trapping.
  • Loss of plant species of special concern (collection for ethno botanical use firewood, etc.).

The EIA process aims to identify all the potential impacts of the proposed project, assess the significance of the impacts, and to present measures to mitigate these impacts.

Call for Participation

The stakeholder engagement process is designed to conform to the Nigerian EIA Decree and international standards, including the IFC Performance Standards. Key objectives for stakeholder engagement for this project are:

  1. Share information about the Project;
  2. Gather local knowledge to improve understanding of the environmental and social context and understand locally-important issues;
  3. Enable stakeholders to raise concerns / questions about the Project;
  4. Gather responses on the EIA findings and incorporate stakeholder views into the design and management measures;
  5. Respond to concerns and questions and report back on the findings of the EIA and proposed management measures;
  6. Lay foundation for future stakeholder engagement.

Anyone who is interested or affected by the proposed project has a right to participate in the EIA process, and is invited to further participate in the EIA Process. Please make use of the following opportunities to be involved in the stakeholder engagement process:

  • Study the information made available in this Background Information Document;
  • Contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team to obtain further project information, and/or raise issues and concerns (contact details provided below);
  • Attend the Stakeholder meetings to obtain further project information, interact with the Project Team, and/or raise issues and concerns. More information about the meetings will be circulated through letters, community leaders, radio announcements and through the project website.

Contact Information

Richflood International Ltd

Asokoro Ogaji C.

info@richflood.com

06 Apr

Banji Coal Mines EIA

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE PROPOSED COAL EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION PROJECT AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES BY BANJI COAL MINES LIMITED, OGBADIBO L.G.A., BENUE STATE

Background Information Document (BID)

This Background Information Document (BID) provides information to assist stakeholders to participate in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental authorization process for the proposed Coal Mine (18597 EL) located at Ogbadibo L.G.A. of Benue State by Banji Coal Mines Ltd. (Banji Mines).

What is the EIA About?

Basically, the EIA is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the physical, biological, social and other relevant effects of BANJI COAL MINES LIMITED (Banji Mines) proposed project prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.

In compliance with Nigeria regulatory bodies statutory provisions and in accordance to the EIA Act 86 of 1992, Banji Mines (the project-proponent) has commissioned Richflood International Ltd, being a Nigerian based environmental and laboratory consulting firm, to conduct an EIA of the proposed Coal Mine Operation of Banji Mines in Benue State.

Background

BANJI COAL MINES LIMITED (Banji Mines) is a subsidiary company of SkipperSeil Group.

Skipper is an integrated energy firm with focus on Electrical Innovation, Design, Manufacturing and Engineering. Skipper has been serving the power sector in India and across the globe since 1986 and has its global footprints through its subsidiaries in India, Nigeria (Banji Coal Mines Limited e.t.c), Ghana and Middle East, where Skipper-make products are manufactured and/or projects of sub-stations, transmission lines and power generation plants are undertaken.

The Vision of Skipper is “To be an International Power and Infrastructure enterprise most admired for its People, Performance and Partnerships”. It is against this backdrop that the Banji Mines project is conceived in Benue state.

In addition to contributing to the diversification of the country’s economy, and support the country’s efforts to enhance people’s access to affordable and reliable electricity supply, the purpose of the proposed coal mine at Ogbadibo is to provide coal as a main source of fuel to the proposed Banji Power Generation Co. Ltd 500MW Mbaku Independent Power Plant (MIPP) in Benue State.

Project Location

Banji Mines is to be located at Ipole Owupka Community, at Owukpa District with Adjoining Villages such as Uleke, Isilor, Atamaka and Eha Communities cutting across the Mining Concession Area in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Kogi state.

Fig 1: Map of Nigeria Showing the Project Area (Benue State)

Source: Richflood 2017

Project Influenced Area (Ogbadibo L.G.A Communities)

  1. Ipole-Owukpa
  2. Orokam
  3. Ifuroka
  4. Amalla
  5. Agushiri
  6. Umitado
  7. Ezilo
  8. Uleke
  9. Isilor
  10. Orukpa Nkwo
  11. Itabona

Fig 2: Map of Benue State Showing the Host L.G.A (Ogbadibo)

Source: Richflood 2017

Fig 3: Satellite Imagery/GPS Points of the Banji Coal mines, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue State. Source: Google Map

Project Overview

The overall coal mining process consists of several sequential stages: (1) exploration of a potentially economic coal seam to assess minable reserves, environmental issues, marketable reserves, and permitting risks; (2) analysis and selection of a mining plan; (3) developing the mine; (4) extracting the coal; (5) processing the coal; and (6) decommissioning the mine and releasing the property for post-mining use. The two essential requirements that must be fulfilled before a prospective coal mine can enter the development stage are confirmation that there are sufficient minable reserves of adequate quality with no unacceptable environmental or permitting risks, and confirmation of an assured or contracted market for a substantial fraction of the coal that will be mined.

Fig 4: Showing a coal mine exploration and exploitation scheduled activities

The proposed mining method will be a combination of surface mining and highwall mining. This alternative allows for complete exploitation of the coal reserve in the area employing the surface and the highwall mining for greater stripping ratios with an expected mine life of 30 plus years.

BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In general terms, the Project being proposed will consist of:

  1. Construction and upgrading of access roads and the development of a product loading facility;
  2. Construction of water management systems designed for the management and treatment of water affected by mining activities;
  3. Construction of office, maintenance and coal processing plant facilities with associated stockpile areas, water treatment and sewage facilities;
  4. Development of an explosives storage area and delivery system;
  5. Removal and temporary storage of soil in stockpiles for re-use during progressive decommissioning and reclamation;
  6. Development of mine pit excavations;
  7. Development of waste rock stockpile areas;
  8. Production of dry tailings for co-deposition with waste rock in a purpose-built waste management facility;
  9. Progressive decommissioning and reclamation by backfilling, to the extent possible, of previously mined pit areas as the Project proceeds;
  • Rehabilitation of areas where mining and backfilling has been completed during the life of mine to meet agreed final land use objectives;
  • Final decommissioning and closure consultation with Regulators;

Additional on-site infrastructure includes, but may not be limited to:

  1. Lay-down and parking areas;
  2. Fuel, hazardous substances and waste storage facilities;
  3. Mine dewatering wells, pumps, sumps and piping;
  4. Settling ponds and contact water collection ditches;
  5. Fresh water wells;
  6. Fresh water piping and storage;
  7. Fire hydrants and fire protection system;
  8. Potable water source; and
  9. Sewage collection and disposal system

Other Social Infrastructures may be constructed as deemed fit by the Proponent, which may include the following:

  1. Offices/Administrative block building
  2. Warehouse/storage area
  3. Workshop maintenance
  4. Security/Guard house
  5. Green-belt area
  6. Vehicle parking lot/space and transport-route map

 Objectives of the EIA

The objectives of the EIA for the project site are to: Provide information and evidence required for developing an Environmental Impact Statement for the project site;

  • Establish baseline information for the project site.
  • Identify associated/potential impacts of the project in the area;
  • Recommend preventive, mitigative and control measures for the identified potential/associated adverse impacts of the project; and
  • Develop an effective Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the lifetime of the project.

POTENTIAL AND ASSOCIATED IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Indicators

The environmental impact indicators for the study are easily observable parameters that will indicate change/deviation, which can be used to monitor the various environmental components.

The primary Biophysical Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Climate and meteorology;
  • Air quality;
  • Noise levels;
  • Groundwater;
  • Geology and geomorphology;
  • Soils and soil erosion;
  • Drainage patterns and flooding;
  • Unique physical features; and
  • Vegetation including economic trees and crops.

The primary Socio-Economic Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Land use;
  • Employment and income;
  • Community population and ethnicity;
  • Community relations; and
  • Services (e.g water and electricity supply).

Baseline studies for the EIA will include, but not be limited to assessment of the following:

  • Fauna and Flora;
  • Air quality and Noise;
  • Demographics, Population, Ethnicity; Language, Vulnerable Groups, Education
  • Socio-Cultural Institutions, Leadership Patterns, Government Administration, and Other Institutions (NGOs/CBOs);
  • Terrestrial Soils and Geology;
  • Surface and Ground Water;
  • Livelihoods and Micro-Economy, Key Livelihoods, and Employment;
  • Transport and Access;
  • Social Infrastructure and Cultural Sites; and
  • Community Health and Safety.

The main environmental issues are as follows (not limited):

  1. Socio-Economic and Livelihood Impacts:
  • Increased government revenue;
  • Creation of employment opportunities and skills enhancement (A number of local businesses likely to secure contracts. Potential exists for creating income and building a more stable and diverse local economy);
  • Social benefits for the host communities through on-going community development plans.
  • Increased price inflation and economic vulnerability; and
  • Community anger and resentment over unmet expectations.
  1. Impacts Related to Project Induced In-Migration.
  1. Changes to Socio-Cultural Heritage:
  • Disturbance to cultural values, traditional leadership and intangible heritage.
  1. Community Health, Safety and Security:
  • Increased incidence of communicable diseases;
  • Increased transmission of malaria; and
  • Increased incidence of non-communicable diseases.
  1. Impact on Flora and Fauna
  • Destruction of habitat for plant species of special concern (SSC) within the farm development footprints.
  • Destruction of habitat for faunal species of special concern (SSC).
  • Loss of plant SSC due to vegetation clearing and disturbance
  • Disruption of ecological corridors, patterns and processes
  • Increased erosion risk and topsoil loss due to vegetation clearing and disturbances
  • Loss of fauna species of special concern as a result of poaching, hunting and trapping.
  • Loss of plant species of special concern (collection for ethno botanical use firewood, etc.).

The EIA process aims to identify all the potential impacts of the proposed project, assess the significance of the impacts, and to present measures to mitigate these impacts.

Call for Participation

The stakeholder engagement process is designed to conform to the Nigerian EIA Decree and international standards, including the IFC Performance Standards. Key objectives for stakeholder engagement for this project are:

  1. Share information about the Project;
  2. Gather local knowledge to improve understanding of the environmental and social context and understand locally-important issues;
  3. Enable stakeholders to raise concerns / questions about the Project;
  4. Gather responses on the EIA findings and incorporate stakeholder views into the design and management measures;
  5. Respond to concerns and questions and report back on the findings of the EIA and proposed management measures;
  6. Lay foundation for future stakeholder engagement.

Anyone who is interested or affected by the proposed project has a right to participate in the EIA process, and is invited to further participate in the EIA Process. Please make use of the following opportunities to be involved in the stakeholder engagement process:

  • Study the information made available in this Background Information Document;
  • Contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team to obtain further project information, and/or raise issues and concerns (contact details provided below);
  • Attend the Stakeholder meetings to obtain further project information, interact with the Project Team, and/or raise issues and concerns. More information about the meetings will be circulated through letters, community leaders, radio announcements and through the project website.

Contact Information

Richflood International Ltd

Asokoro Ogaji C.

info@richflood.com

05 Feb

A Review of the Nigerian Power Sector Legal and Administrative Framework

THE LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR POWER PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA 

This document presents the legal, policy and institutional framework for the activities surrounding the energy sector operations in Nigeria is summarized to be useful as first hand information for the execution of various interlinked components of power generation, distribution and consumption. This is however non-exhaustive but a useful guide for environmental and social safeguards considerations at National and State levels.

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03 Feb

Power Plants and Environmental Considerations Training Course

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12 Jan

GURIN RICE COMPANY LTD: EIA FOR DEMSA RICE MILL & 5,000-HECTARE PADDY CULTIVATION PROJECT, AT DEMSA L.G.A., ADAMAWA STATE

Background Information Document (BID)

This Background Information Document (BID) provides information to assist stakeholders to participate in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental authorization process for the proposed Integrated Rice Production (Paddy Cultvation and Rice Processing) Project at Demsa Community in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria.

What is the EIA About?

Basically, the EIA is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the bio physical, social and other relevant effects of Gurin Rice Company Ltd proposed project prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.

In compliance with regulatory bodies, like the Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv) statutory provisions and in accordance to the EIA Act 86 of 1992, Gurin Rice Company Ltd. (the project-proponent) has commissioned Richflood International Limited, being a reputable environmental consultant, to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed Integrated Rice Production (Paddy Cultvation and Rice Processing) Project at Demsa Community in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Background

Gurin Rice Company Ltd. is an indigenous/private company, which has her primary interest in Integrated Rice Production Project; thus the cultivation of a 5,000-hectares Paddy Farm-estate and the complimentary establishment of a Rice- Mill Plant on a 20-hectares. The paddy farm is to service the proposed rice mill, with required raw materials.

To this end (of achieving the specified goal of Integrated Rice Production Project), the Company have mapped out a vast landmass/estate (5,000Ha) for the

cultivation of paddy-rice to make available needed raw/paddy material for the (20Ha) rice mill.

Project Location

The proposed Paddy Estate is situated within Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North-Eastern Nigeria. The paddy estate (for rice cultivation/farming) is locally hosted by Demsa Community, with the following (6) host villages within the project catchment area of Demsa as: Kodomum, Kudiri, Sabonlayi, Pude, Gorgbaki and Gawon Villages. The host villages have a spatial boundary of 2km to the project area.

Figure 1: Demsa Irrigated and Mechanized Paddy Cultivation estate location in Nigeria

Figure 3: Showing Villages, project location and road networks in the project area
Source: FGM International

Objectives of the EIA

The objectives of the EIA for the project site are to:
Provide information and evidence required for developing an

Environmental Impact Statement for the project site;

  •  Establish baseline information for the project site.
  •  Identify associated/potential impacts of the project in the area;
  •  Recommend preventive, mitigative and control measures for the identifiedpotential/associated adverse impacts of the project; and
  •  Develop a cost effective Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for thelifetime of the project.Project Overview

    Gurin Rice Company Limited, an indigenous company registered in Nigeria, with industrial experience in agro products, having commitment to contribute into the food security of the nation, have proposed to carry out an Integrated Rice Production Project.

The (‘Demsa Rice Mill & 5,000-Hectare Paddy Cultivation’) Project is basically in two (2) Schemes:
1. Cultivation of Paddy on a 5,000-Hectare Farm-Estate; and
2. Establishment of a 5 Ton Per Hour (TPH) Rice Mill Processing factory on a 20- Hectare

The Paddy Cultivation Project would be developed in Three (3) Phases:

  • Phase 1 lot A and lot B involves the development of 1,500 hectares
  • Phase II involves the development of 2,000 hectares
  • Phase III involves development of 1,500 hectaresThe strategy of the project is to provide the Nigerian market with locally produced rice, while developing local capacity in rice production. It consists of 3 key Components including:

Component 1. Component2. Component3.

Installation of a 5 Ton per Hour rice mill and 64 Ton per batch parboiling plant,
Development of a 5,000-hectares irrigated and mechanized paddy cultivation estate,

Development of an out-grower scheme as an inclusivity

initiative for the host community.
The project allocates 28% of the to be developed area to the out-growers

(smallholders)

POTENTIAL AND ASSOCIATED IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Indicators

The environmental impact indicators for the study are easily observable parameters that will indicate change/deviation, which can be used to monitor the various environmental components.

The primary Biophysical Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Climate and meteorology;
  • Air quality;
  • Noise levels;
  • Groundwater;
  • Geology and geomorphology;
  • Soils and soil erosion;
  • Drainage patterns and flooding;
  • Unique physical features; and
  • V egetation including economic trees and crops.The primary Socio-Economic Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:
  • Land use;
  • Employment and income;
  • Community population and ethnicity;
  • Community relations; and
  • Services (e.g water and electricity supply).For the proposed rice-milling project, the main environmental issues are as follows:
    • Water used for soaking the paddy, especially for parboiled rice production, if not properly treated could result in water pollution and odor nuisance to local community
    • Effluent produced during cleaning of equipment may cause water pollution through insufficient treatment of effluent
    • Air pollution both on site and in the surrounding locality may result from release of dust to the atmosphere from handling or processing of the paddy or its by-products (in fact, this is a major environmental concern for rice mills)
    • High internal and external noise levels that may generate health hazard to employees and nuisance to the local community
    • Disposal of solid wastes, particularly unused rice husk and bran, as well as other wastes generated from the cleaning process
    • Raw materials and by-products may be subject to pest infestation and contamination (Birds contaminated with avian flu can leave their droppings in the rice mill)
    • Pollution risks to water and soil from spillage and leakage of fuels that maybe stored on site

• High risks of fire

Figure 2: Close-up on the 5000 ha project site

Call for Participation

The stakeholder engagement process is designed to conform to the Nigerian EIA Decree and international standards, including the IFC Performance Standards. Key objectives for stakeholder engagement for this project are:

1. Share information about the Project;
2. Gather local knowledge to improve understanding of the

environmental and social context and understand locally-important

issues;
3. Enable stakeholders to raise concerns / questions about the Project; 4. Gather responses on the EIA findings and incorporate stakeholder

views into the design and management measures;
5. Respond to concerns and questions and report back on the findings

of the EIA and proposed management measures; 6. Lay foundation for future stakeholder engagement.

Anyone who is interested or affected by the proposed project has a right to participate in the EIA process, and is invited to further participate in the EIA Process. Please make use of the following opportunities to be involved in the stakeholder engagement process:

• Study the information made available in this Background Information Document;

  • Contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team to obtain further project information, and/or raise issues and concerns (contact details provided below);
  • Attend the Stakeholder meetings to obtain further project information, interact with the Project Team, and/or raise issues and concerns. More information about the meetings will be circulated through letters, community leaders, radio announcements and through the project website.

Contact Information

Richflood International Ltd Comfort Asokoro-Ogaji info@richflood.com

Gurin Rice Company Ltd Mr. Oladipo Williams o.williams@gurinrice.com

 

 

12 Jan

Sancrete Gold Mine EIA Kaduna

 

Background Information Document (BID)

This Background Information Document (BID) provides information to assist stakeholders to participate in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental authorization process for the proposed Gold Mining Project At Randegi District, Birnin Gwari L.G.A of Kaduna State by Sandcrete Engineering Nig. Ltd (Sandcrete)

What is the EIA About?

Basically, the EIA is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the bio physical, social and other relevant effects of Sandcrete proposed project prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.

The general objective of this EIA is to assess the potential environmental and social impacts associated with the planning, construction, operation and decommissioning phases of the proposed Project. Sandcrete has not yet commenced mining, and are currently carrying out exploration activities to assess the financial feasibility of the proposed mine. Exploration entails field investigations involving drilling, sampling, mapping of the target mineral resource, pilot testing, process development and ancillary investigations to determine the overall economic feasibility of the proposed Project.

In compliance with Nigeria regulatory bodies statutory provisions and in accordance with the EIA Act 86 of 1992, the project-proponent has commissioned Richflood International Limited, being a Nigerian based environmental consultant, to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Gold Exploration and Mining Project (The Project)

Background

Sandcrete Engineering Nig. Ltd is a wholly Nigerian company with offices across West Africa and the U.S. The company general interest is solid minerals exploration and mining. The company currently specializes in the exploration and production of high quality quarry materials (granite slabs & chippings) and precious stones (gold and gemstones) for the Nigerian, African and international markets.

Sandcrete currently operates three (3) quarry sites in the southwestern part of Nigeria, and three additional gold and gemstones mines in northern Nigeria. The company is licensed “Mineral Buying Centre” in Nigeria.

Sandcrete currently holds an Exploration License EL 022424. Number of units 323 CU 22424EL equivalent to an area of 46.4 km2 bearing the gold mineralized zone.

Project Location

Birnin Gwari is a Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Birnin Gwari. It has an area of 6,185 km2 and a population of 252,363 at the 2006 census.

Project Area of Influence (PAI) in Birnin Gwari L.G.A of Kaduna state is as shouwn on Table 1 below.

Fig. 1: Location of Kaduna State in Nigeria

The state is located at the Northern part of Nigeria’s High Plains. The vegetation cover is Sudan Savannah type, characterized by scattered short trees, shrubs and grasses.

Table 1: Project Area of Influence (PAI)/Host Communities

S/No

Village/Settlement/community

1

Kungi

2

Angwa Bulla

3

Mangorori

4

Galadima

5

Angwa Talafe

6

Angwa Tanimo

7

Magaji gari village

8

Kuki

9

Biringu

10

Bunachi

Source: Field Survey, 2016

Plate 1: Photographs showing the Mineralised Area (proposed gold field)

Objectives of the EIA

The objectives of the EIA for the project site are to:
Provide information and evidence required for developing an

Environmental Impact Statement for the project site;

  •  Establish baseline information for the project site.
  •  Identify associated/potential impacts of the project in the area;
  •  Recommend preventive, mitigative and control measures for the identifiedpotential/associated adverse impacts of the project; and

Develop an effective Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the lifetime of the project.

Fig 2: Adopted EIA approach and stages

Project Overview

The First phase development of Sandcrete Engineering Gold field in Binin-Gwari area of Kaduna is mainly by Alluvial (Placer) mining (Sandcrete 2015). This may be done by open-pit (also called open-cast mining) or by various surface excavating equipment or tunneling equipment. This process uses the density of gold and the force of gravity to separate gold particles from other sedimentary deposits.

PROJECT PHASES
Phase 1: Exploration Phase
It included core drilling, sampling and pilot testing of wells for potash deposits as well as other specialized studies, such as hydrogeological studies, in order to determine the feasibility of the proposed project. The mineral resource estimate derived is a major component in the evaluation of the overall economic feasibility of the proposed Project. The results of exploration drilling activities revealed the extensive source of the ore. As a result, the proposed Project have moved from exploration to pre-feasibility and feasibility phases.

Phase 2: Definitive Feasibility Study

In parallel to exploration activities, Sandcrete commissioned engineering works and planning (including the engineering scoping study and definitive feasibility study) and the EIA. These activities are currently underway and are being undertaken to determine how much it will cost to implement the proposed Project,

including the costs of implementation of social and environmental mitigation measures determined by the EIA.

Phase 3: Bridge Engineering Phase

The preparation phase after the feasibility and before the start of construction is known as the bridge engineering phase. During this phase project activities on critical path and components are identified and actively managed to ensure that its implementation does not affect the overall project programme. The bridge engineering activities are anticipated to start in February 2017.

Phase 4: Pre-Construction Phase

Pre-construction activities consists of the finalization of engineering studies, bridge engineering activities, the receipt of a mining license, finalization of agreements with the Host Community, securing Project finance and the anticipated EIA approval from the Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv).

Phase 5: Construction

Pending environmental approval of the EIA from the FMEnv and finalization of pre-construction activities, commencement of construction activities is scheduled for March 2017 and has a planned duration of approximately 15 months. Construction includes the installation of all Project related infrastructure, including the camps where the workers will be housed.

Phase 6: Operation

Operation of the mine is scheduled for commencement upon final installation of Project infrastructure, scheduled for June 2017. The expected lifespan of the mine is approximately 30 years for the concession. Overall Mining activities will include the mining and processing of gold ore.

Phase 7: Decommissioning and Closure

The decommissioning and closure phase will start when the gold deposit is fully exploited from the licensed area. Decommissioning and closure involves the dismantling of mine infrastructure and the rehabilitation of disturbed land amongst a range of other activities. At this phase, the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Programme approved by the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals will be implemented.

POTENTIAL AND ASSOCIATED IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Indicators

The environmental impact indicators for the study are easily observable parameters that will indicate change/deviation, which can be used to monitor the various environmental components.

The primary Biophysical Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:

  • Climate and meteorology;
  • Air quality;
  • Noise levels;
  • Groundwater;
  • Geology and geomorphology;
  • Soils and soil erosion;
  • Drainage patterns and flooding;
  • Unique physical features; and
  • V egetation including economic trees and crops.The primary Socio-Economic Indicators for the on-going impact assessment are the following:
  • Land use;
  • Employment and income;
  • Community population and ethnicity;
  • Community relations; and
  • Services (e.g water and electricity supply).For the proposed project, the summary preliminary environmental issues and social benefits envisaged is listed below:Gold mining affects the environment in many ways, including the release of large amounts of exhaust from heavy equipment and transport, toxic drainage into nearby waterways and the release of chemical fumes from ore processing. Generally, the environmental impact of mining includes erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water by chemicals from mining processes.

Other impacts will include the following

1. Socio-Economic and Livelihood Impacts:

  • Increased government revenue;
  • Creation of employment opportunities and skills enhancement (A numberof local businesses likely to secure contracts. Potential exists for creatingincome and building a more stable and diverse local economy);
  • Social benefits for the host communities through on-going communitydevelopment plans.
  • Increased price inflation and economic vulnerability; and
  • Community anger and resentment over unmet expectations.2. Impacts Related to Project Induced In-Migration. 3. Changes to Socio-Cultural Heritage:

• Disturbance to cultural values, traditional leadership and intangible heritage. 4. Community Health, Safety and Security:

  • Increased incidence of communicable diseases;
  • Increased transmission of malaria; and
  • Increased incidence of non-communicable diseases.5. Impact on flora and fauna
  • Destruction of habitat for plant species of special concern (SSC) within the farm development footprints.
  • Destruction of habitat for faunal species of special concern (SSC).
  • Loss of plant SSC due to vegetation clearing and disturbance
  • Disruption of ecological corridors, patterns and processes
  • Increased erosion risk and topsoil loss due to vegetation clearing anddisturbances
  • Loss of fauna species of special concern as a result of poaching, huntingand trapping.
  • Loss of plant species of special concern (collection for ethno botanical use,firewood, etc.).Call for Participation/StakeholderThe stakeholder engagement process is designed to conform to the Nigerian EIA Decree and international standards, including the IFC Performance Standards. Key objectives for stakeholder engagement for this project are:

1. Share information about the Project;
2. Gather local knowledge to improve understanding of the

environmental and social context and understand locally-important

issues;
3. Enable stakeholders to raise concerns / questions about the Project; 4. Gather responses on the EIA findings and incorporate stakeholder

views into the design and management measures;
5. Respond to concerns and questions and report back on the findings

of the EIA and proposed management measures; 6. Lay foundation for future stakeholder engagement.

Anyone who is interested or affected by the proposed project has a right to participate in the EIA process, and is invited to further participate in the EIA Process. Please make use of the following opportunities to be involved in the stakeholder engagement process:

  • Study the information made available in this Background Information Document;
  • Contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team to obtain further project information, and/or raise issues and concerns (contact details provided below);
  • Attend the Stakeholder meetings to obtain further project information, interact with the Project Team, and/or raise issues and concerns. More information about the meetings will be circulated through letters, community leaders, radio announcements and through the project website.

Contact Information

Richflood International Ltd Comfort Asokoro-Ogaji info@richflood.com

Sandcrete Engineering Nig. Ltd Mr. Yomi Ajisola yajisola@gmail.com;

info@sandcreteengineering.com