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. As a result of design changes an EIA Addendum is currently under preparation. This EIA Addendum will evaluate 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. It will also evaluate the impact of two different Alternative Borrow Areas than were identified in the original EIA.
In addition, a Supplementary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment has been prepared to support project financing.
At the time of preparing the Supplementary ESIA, the expected extra sand volume required for the design changes to the project was 4 million cubic meters. Based on newly available information the correct additional sand volume figure is 4.5 million cubic meters. The EIA Addendum contains the adjusted sand volume figure. The change in required sand volume has not affected the assessment of impacts related to the design change.