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PAIA Requests for Environmental Records

Request to Eskom on the proposed Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2a – Medupi & Matimba Coal Plant & Related Infrastructure Water Requirements

15 December 2021

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Records received

On 15 December 2021, on behalf of Earlthlife Africa, the Centre for Environmental Rights submitted a PAIA request and letter to Eskom for the following information:

  1. Copies of all technical studies on SO2 abating technologies proposed for Medupi power station.
  2. Copies of any responses to Requests for Proposals prepared and published to obtain proposals for various SO2 abating technology, including the requests for proposals.
  3. Records indicating the number of units of Medupi that are currently online and the projected end of life date for Medupi.
  4. Records of the current and projected water requirements for Eskom’s Medupi and Matimba power stations and associated infrastructure for the duration of the anticipated lifespan of each facility.
  5. Records relating to all water supply arrangements with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and/or other suppliers for both Medupi and Matimba power station.
  6. Records of any agreements and technical studies recording the planned and intended water supply from the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (“MCWAP-2”) to Eskom’s Matimba and Medupi power stations.
  7. Records of any current and projected costs, and price, paid or to be paid by Eskom for the MCWAP-2 project and water supply to Eskom.
  8. Any records such as board meeting minutes, plans and strategy reports and Medupi Flue-gas desulfurization retrofitting.
  9. Any updated Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the Medupi FGD Retrofit Project.
  10. Any studies conducted in the Lephalale area into the impacts of sulphur deposition on vegetation and/or soil.

Response from Eskom

On 7 February 2022, the CER received a response from Eskom as well as the following attachments:

On 7 April 2022, Eskom supplemented their PAIA record with the following documents:

On 23 April 2022, Eskom further supplemented their PAIA record with the following documents:


For further information please email [email protected].