Shell has asked independent consultants to undertake studies to identify potential environmental, social and health impacts associated with the planned exploration programmes in South Africa.
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The Orange Basin
The exploration area covers approximately 37,000 square kilometres. It is located in water between 500 metres and 4,000 metres deep and has so far seen limited exploration activity. The area extends from between 150 to 360 kilometres from the coast. The block’s southern edge is approximately in line with the town of Saldahna and the northern edge just south of Kleinzee. It borders Namibian waters at its northern extent.
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Seismic surveys are carried out to investigate subsea geological formations. Sound is directed towards the seabed and the returned signals allow for interpretation of subsea geological formations.