October 21

Controversy Over a New Gas Project by TotalEnergies in South Africa

By Boris Ngounou

The Bloom association for the protection of the oceans and the South African non-governmental organization (NGO) The Green Connection launched a campaign in Paris on Monday 17 October 2022 against a major gas project by TotalEnergies. According to the two conservation organizations, this project would threaten biodiversity.

TotalEnergies, a French oil company, is preparing to drill at a depth of 1,700 meters to reach two major gas fields in the Brulpadda area, located 175 km off the South African coast. But for nature conservationists, this project will have an impact on marine life. The drilling will be carried out on the migration route of large cetaceans such as whales and orcas.

Photo courtesy of Ben Phillips.

Source: Afrik21 (link opens in a new window)

Energy, Environment