Oil explorer RAK Gas finalises impact assessment in Malawi

RAK Gas MB 45 Limited, a gas and oil exploration firm, in collaboration with Akatswiri Consultancy and Enviro Consultancy, says it has completed an environmental impact assessment on oil exploration in Machinga, Salima and Mangochi.

Enviro Consultancy researcher Margaret Sikwese: People want to be assured of job opportunities

The firm’s director of media and public relations Martin Kansichi said in an interview on Monday they are ready to move to the next step where they will do a seismic study.

He said: “The environmental impact studies started way back in 2014 and the report is ready and we have shared it with government as well as district councils in the targeted districts.

“The focus was on people, land, water, animals, plants and air whereby each of those areas was fully investigated. With the findings that we have, we are all geared up to go on to the next level though it requires heavy investments.”

Kansichi explained that the next stage requires buying of heavy machinery to be used for drilling, adding that with the period given, they will manage.

“We have three more years to carry on the work such that after the seismic studies, we will have another environmental impact assessment study,” he said.

Enviro Consultancy researcher Margaret Sikwese said the study found that people were more concerned with how the initial project would affect their lives.

“We conducted qualitative survey in which we found that people in the targeted areas were more concerned about issues of compensation. They were also concerned with how the initial project would affect their marriages in fear of losing their wives to the project implementers,” she said.

Sikwese said people in the targeted areas want to be assured of job opportunities during the initial implementation of the project.

Her counterpart from Katswiri Consultancy, Hilton Banda, said the project will not affect people at this stage; hence, no fear for relocation.In 2009, the Government of Malawi demarcated six exploration blocks awarded to multinational firms which include SacOil Holdings block one, Hamra Oil Holdings blocks two and three, RAK Gas blocks four and five and Pacific Oil Limited in blocks six.

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Smart Aunt Sally
3 years ago

People? I need more tippex.

3 years ago

Shady contract deals, soon after elections they say the report is ready? Were you financing the tipex ? To make sure these contracts go thru? We need a second look at all these contracts. Same thieves at play behind the scenes. Lets have a rerun and have the right people to explore our minerals to benefit all malawians

3 years ago

After this non renewable Resource is Exhausted….Azungu ndi Andale a DPP atadya Makobiri…Kodi Osauka Azathabe kumakaweza Nsomba…Lake Malawi azakhalabe Chimodzimodzi…Madzi adzakhala Omweka…OR Lake Malawi will be a Dead Lake….Izi zokumba Mafuta or Gas pa Lake Malawi ….Sindigwirizana Nazo….

3 years ago

Is lake Malawi incncluded when you refer to Salima and Mangochi? If not, then I wish you every success. We need gas as an alternative energy source for power generation.

3 years ago
Reply to  mtete

Oil baba Oil the one in cars does that ring a bell? thus the gas they referring to… not the one you have in your kitchen if at all you do but judging from your comment I will give you the benefit of the doubt KKKKKK

3 years ago

To RAK Gas and all those that aim to destroy our lively hood and dependency on our beautiful lake, we will take militaristic action against all of you should you even start laying a brick for your Gas drilling infrastructure.
We do not want you or anyone else to destroy our lake for the benefit of a few. As has happened allover the world, once you destroy the lake you will also destroying millions of lives…for such a reason, I will die to protect my land. Mark these words today.

3 years ago
Reply to  JCInLA

Start the militant defense with the stolen votes. Walk the talk. first things first, If we deal with the current crisis the rest of them will be easily b dealt with.

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