Marine baseline study on the potential impacts of a seawater intake structure and a brine disposal system for a proposed desalination plant north of Swakopmund

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To provide for the large volumes of potable water required in the medium term by the fast growing Uranium Mining Industry, the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) intends to establish a Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant (RO Plant) with an output capacity of 25 Mm3/annum just north of Swakopmund, on Namibia's central coast. Associated with the plant will be a Sea Water Intake structure of ~65 Mm3/annum (~170 000 m3/day) complete with a brine disposal system (~90 000 m3/day). With respect to the proposed project, and in line with Namibia's Environmental Assessment Policy (1994) and the provisions contained in the Environmental Management Act (2007), NamWater requires the compilation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). As an important input into this EIA, NamWater has asked the CSIR for their consultancy services to conduct marine and geophysical surveys and to compile a Marine Specialist and Geophysical Marine Report. CSIR in turn has appointed Pisces Environmental Services (Pisces) to provide the biological marine studies and the Marine Specialist Report.

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