The Project is Stage II of the Gulhifalhu Dredging, Reclamation and Revetment Works. The Project received environmental approvals on 11-May-20 on the basis of an Environmental Impact Assessment completed on 19-Apr-20 and additional information submitted on 06-May-20.
Following design changes to the project an EIA Addendum was completed and submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 23-Nov-21 followed by additional information on 05-Jan-22. The EIA Addendum for the project was approved by EPA on 18-Jan-22. The EIA Addendum evaluated the impact of dredging and reclamation of an additional 4.5 million m3 of sand, which necessitates the expansion of the primary borrow areas by 4.5 km2. In addition, it also evaluated the impact of two different Alternative Borrow Areas than were identified in the original EIA.
As part of preparation for the Project construction activities, a feasibility assessment was completed for the proposed southerly bund construction methodology. Based on the findings, the proposed southerly bund construction methodology was revised and an Updated Environmental Management Plan was submitted to EPA on 01-Jun-22 and approved on 13-Jun-22.
As more than a year has passed between approval of the EIA Addendum and the start of construction activities, the validity of the Decision Statement had to be extended. The extended Decision Statement was obtained on 18-Jan-23 from EPA.