Environmental Impact Assessment

RECENT SELECTED PROJECTS

 

Renewable Energy Sector, 2018

Responsible for the compilation of an Environmental Management Plan for a Solar PV project in Harare.

Tourism Sector, 2018

Black Crystal compiled an addendum to the environmental impact assessment due to project changes being implemented as recommended in the original report for a new tourism facility in the Zambezi Valley.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2018

Black Crystal undertook an environmental prospectus report for a solar carport PV system in Harare. The project aim is reduce the company’s carbon foot print and generate a renewable, green source of power.

Energy Sector, 2017-2018: Current project

Black Crystal are part of a consortium led by NorConsult and carrying out an environmental impact assessment for the ZETDC Transmission Network Reinforcement Project: 2nd Alaska – Sherwood (400) 330kV Transmission Line Project.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2017-2018: Current project

Black Crystal undertook an Environmental Prospectus report for a mini hydroelectric scheme in Chimanimani District.

Tourism Sector, 2017-2018 

Black Crystal were commissioned to undertake an Environmental Prospectus Report and an EIA for a new tourism facility in the Zambezi Valley.

Crocodile Sector, 2017-2018: Current project

Black Crystal are currently working with a local crocodile farm to ensure that they are compliant with their international customer’s social and environmental standards. The report is part of an on-going process and will be used to evaluate the farm performance and to assist the producer in improving their farm management and production systems.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2017-2018

Responsible for the compilation of an Environmental Prospectus for Glassblock Dam and Pipeline project identified as a potential solution to the recurrent water crises in Bulawayo. 

Construction Sector, 2017

Black Crystal were commissioned by Halsted Builders to compile an environmental management plan to manage any potential negative environmental and social impacts for the construction phase and for the operational phase of the project. The report also outlined the necessary legislation required for the implementation of the project.

Tourism Sector, 2017

Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an Environmental Prospectus Report for the upgrading of an existing tourism facility in Mashonaland.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2017

Following an EIA for a hydroelectric power scheme carried out by Black Crystal in 2012, due to a change in the source of project funds and design, we were approached to undertake an update of the EIA report. The project is for the construction of a 10/12MVA 6.6/33kV substation located on Lake Mutirikwi, Masvingo Province. The main component was the updating of the socio economic baseline section including new public and stakeholder consultation.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2016

Following an EIA for a hydroelectric power scheme carried out by Black Crystal Consulting in 2012, due to a change in the source of project funds and design, we were approached to undertake an update of the EIA report. The project is for the construction of a 10/12MVA 6.6/33kV substation located on Lake Mutirikwi, Masvingo Province. The main component of the current consultancy includes the update of the socio economic baseline section including new public and stakeholder consultation.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2016

Black Crystal are currently undertaking a social and environmental impact assessment (ESIA) as part of studies of a proposed platinum mine in Darwendale Mashonaland west.  A key component of the ESIA is the development of a resettlement action plan (RAP) and undertaking public consultations as well as the development of a management for environmental and social impacts identified.

Renewable Energy Sector: 2016

Following the compilation of a Preliminary Environmental Scoping Report for a proposed Renewable Energy Technology Park located in south eastern Zimbabwe Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an Environmental Prospectus Report for the project.  The Technology Park will have a photo-voltaic power station as its anchor tenant which will supply much needed power to the National Grid.

Tourism Sector: 2016

Black Crystal were commissioned to compile a report entitled: Biodiversity, Conservation and Cultural Heritage Importance of the Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area in the Muzarabani district. The area with high biodiversity, conservation and cultural heritage value was under threat from uncontrolled environmental degradation caused by prospecting and mining. The area was gazetted as a National Monument by the National Museums and Monuments in early 2017.

Construction Sector:  2016

Black Crystal were appointed by the Motor Industry Pension Fund to compile an Environmental Management Plan for the proposed demolishing of an existing 1 storey building and build a double storey office complex. Key issues included construction waste and activities including traffic, noise and air quality, pollution control, health and safety, a key stakeholder consultation was undertaken and an Environmental monitoring programme included.

Mines & Minerals Sector: 2016

Black Crystal were commissioned to undertake a Resettlement review of families resettled to make way for the construction of Unki Mine following a three phased resettlement exercise in 1999, 2002 and 2006, and to undertake the  2016 Socio-Economic Assessment (SEAT 4) following the Unki SEAT Report 2 in 2010 by SRK Consulting and the Unki SEAT Report 3 in 2014 by Black Crystal Consulting.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2014: Current project

Black Crystal, in collaboration with ERM Southern Africa International were awarded the Zimbabwe Social Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme (Zambia and Zimbabwe) on the Zambezi River. This bilateral hydropower project between Zambia and Zimbabwe includes the construction of a proposed high gravity arch dam that would provide up to 800 MW of capacity each for Zambia and Zimbabwe, with a total capacity of 1600 MW.

Housing Development, 2012-2015: Current  project

Black Crystal was responsible for the compilation of an environmental prospectus in 2012 for a large mixed use development planned on the outskirts of Harare. Issues identified included waste disposal, water supply and protection of ecologically sensitive areas such as wetland/veils, stream and mining claims. Phase One of the environmental impact assessment undertaken. Key issues included: biodiversity and archaeological resources which were incorporated into the land use plan.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2015

Black Crystal, in partnership with Worley Parsons, were appointed to undertake a social and environmental impact assessment as part of feasibility studies of a proposed mine.  The studies highlighted areas that will affect the project, or influence the preliminary designs being presented by the engineers.

Conventional Energy Sector, 2015

Black Crystal, together with Sustainability (Australia) were appointed to work with the personnel at Hwange Power Station to develop a Biodiversity Management Plan. The plan forms part of the HPS overall environmental management plans.

Tourism Sector, 2015

Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an environmental prospectus report for the first phase of Santonga Park in Victoria Falls.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), 2010 -2015: Current project

Black Crystal was appointed as Technical Advisors to work on a certifiable carbon reduction project in Zimbabwe in 2010. The goal of the project is the conservation of forested areas and associated wildlife habitats in four Communal Lands in northern Zimbabwe. Carbon Green Africa issupporting a series of projects that will uplift the livelihoods and support the self-empowerment of local communities. An important source of revenue for the communities will be from the carbon credits generated through the REDD+ project. This will provide an opportunity for sustainable development at the same time as contributing to the conservation of the environment and general biodiversity of the area.

Black Crystal was largely responsible for the vegetation biomass and soil carbon field work; development of field protocols for data collection; checking, computerisation and preliminary analysis of vegetation and soil data.

In September 2012 the project, which is only the second one in Africa and one of the largest in the world, received its Voluntary Carbon Standard validation. The project had already received the Climate Community Biodiversity Standard validation in February 2012.

Tourism/Wildlife Conservancy, 2012 – 2016: Current project

In June 2012 Black Crystal were appointed in as technical environment and social advisors and providing assistance with fund raising for the Save Valley Conservancy project in the lowveld of Zimbabwe. The Conservancy is one of the largest in Africa and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered Black Rhino and Painted Dog.

Agriculture Sector, 2015

Two members of Black Crystal assisted in a Biodiversity Risks and Opportunities (BROA) workshop. This tool was developed by Earthwatch UK for assessing the impacts of agriculture business on biodiversity.

Renewable Energy, 2015

Black Crystal compiled a Preliminary Environmental Scoping Report for a proposed Renewable Energy Technology Park located in south eastern Zimbabwe.  The Technology Park will have a photo-voltaic power station as its anchor tenant which will supply much needed power to the National Grid.

Renewable Energy, 2015

Black Crystal undertook an Environmental Prospectus for the development of a proposed solar PV project located in south eastern Zimbabwe. The solar farm will be used to supply power to supplement the national grid as an Independent Power Producer under a 20-year fixed Power Purchase Agreement.

Fuel Sector, 2015

Black Crystal compiled an Environmental Prospectus Report containing an Environmental Management Plan for the proposed re-furbishment and upgrading of an existing fuel service station situated along the main A3 Highway.  Recommendations included necessary measures for dealing with waste management, accidental spillages, fuel loss detection systems, forecourt drainage, health and safety issues and fire safety.

Retail Sector, 2015

Black Crystal were appointment to undertake an environmental prospectus report for a proposed car dealership showroom and associated servicing facility in Harare.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2015

Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment for a proposed Gold Mine located in Mashonaland West.   During the studies no sites of heritage significance were located. Recommendations included that the siting of the operational infrastructure must be undertaken in compliance with the Mining regulations. Significant impacts of the project will be mainly positive with the implementation of the Environmental Management Plan. The project has social approval and will make a contribution to the local regional and national economy.

Training, 2015

Black Crystal assisted in a training workshop on BROA, an internationally accredited programme that is run by the Earthwatch Institute. Hosted by a local agro-industrial firm Rift Valley Corporation, the programme seeks to investigate the biodiversity elements of corporate activities identifying where firms can learn from the environmental setting of their operations. This is not the usual impact assessment that takes note of the negative consequences, but taking a WIDER perspective of the setting of the firm in its regional landscape the programme looks for risks (both ways) as well as potential opportunities to enhance the company’s objectives.

In this scheme, consultants work with company employees to enhance the positives and find viable alternatives and new opportunities. Looking outside the box it is possible to find solutions to issues such as timber extraction, siltation of water supplies and insect/fungal threats to mono-plantations. Working from a regional perspective companies can enhance their community, out-grower and government relationships.

Black Crystal will seek further accreditation with the Earthwatch Institute so as to be able to provide local expertise in achieving this international standard, something that is increasingly important on the arena of international trade.

Energy Sector, 2014-2015

Black Crystal, in partnership with ERM Southern Africa undertook the terrestrial ecology and Zimbabwean socio-economic component of theEnvironmental Impact Assessment for the Kariba Dam wall rehabilitation project. The Study was undertaken to IFC standards.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2014

Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an Environmental Prospectus Report and the compilation of an Environmental Management Plan for gold mining prospecting activities.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2014

Further to the undertaking of the SEAT project Black Crystal were appointed in 2014 to assist in running a series of management training workshops to assist Unki Mines in the management of stakeholder expectations by clarifying the different functions / roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved.

Energy Sector, 2013-2014

Black Crystal in association with Epoch Resources, South Africa and Sustainability Australia were appointed in 2013 to undertake an Environmental and Social Audit and compile an Environmental and Social Management Plan for the upgrading of Hwange Power Station.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2013-2014 

Black Crystal Consulting were retained to undertake the second SEAT (Social Economic Assessment Toolkit) review for Unki Mine. The review commenced in October 2013 and a SEAT Report 3 was produced as part of the study. Through the review Unki Mine was able to build a profile of communities affected by the mine, identify social and environmental impacts and design appropriate mitigation measures which manage potential negative impacts. The report provided an essential planning tool that will assist Unki Mine develop sustainable stakeholder relations as the basis for local accountability.

Tourism Sector, 2013

Black Crystal was appointed to undertake an Environmental Management Plan for tourism chalets to accommodate visitors to a National Park area. Issues addressed included: chalet design, protection of soil and water resources and solid waste management.

Mixed Use Development, 2013

Black Crystal were responsible for the compilation of an environmental prospectus for a mixed use development consisting of hotel, retail and private apartments located on the outskirts of the Central Business District. Issues identified included the protection of an ecologically sensitive area and access to the site by vehicular traffic.

Tourism Sector, 2013

Black Crystal were appointed to undertake an Environmental Prospectus and an Environmental Impact Assessment report for an air strip to be builtin a safari hunting area north of Harare to improve tourist  access and to facilitate fire management, anti-poaching and fence patrols, game movement and counts, emergency medical evacuation of tourists and PWMA  staff. Issues addressed included: site selection, soil erosion, public safety, fire and hazardous substances management.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2013

Black Crystal undertook an Environmental Prospectus report and an Environmental Impact Assessment report for a mini hydroelectric scheme in Honde Valley.

Black Crystal was also commissioned to compile an Environmental and Social Management System for the project, to comply with the IFC Performance Standards.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2013

Black Crystal was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive Review of the Unki Platinum Mine Occupational Health and Safety (Vol 1) and Environmental (Vol 2) Legal Registers.

Black Crystal developed the original Safety, Health and Environment Legislation Register for Unki and this review ensured that Unki are up to date with any recent developments and legal compliance.

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2012 

Black Crystal was responsible for the collection of baseline environmental and social data of a quarry stone and agricultural lime mining operation. Issues included dust suppression, legislative adherence, archaeological resources, social management systems, housekeeping, recommendations for environmental management systems, social responsibility and rehabilitation of old quarries. An environmental management plan was also compiled.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2012

Black Crystal undertook an environmental prospectus report followed by an environmental impact assessment report for a mini hydroelectric scheme in Honde Valley for the generation of clean renewable energy for saleto the National Grid scheme. Key areas were river ecology, social impacts, upgrading of access road and water use conflicts.

Renewable Energy Sector, 2012

Black Crystal produced an environmental prospectus report followed by an environmental impact assessment for a hydro electric power generation station to be built on Lake Mutirikwi, Masvingo. The power generated will be fed into the National Grid.

The project is expected to have a minimum life span of 25 years and has a potential carbon emission reduction of around 11 100 tons CO2 per annum.  Key issues included: removal of Specially Protected Plants, loss of some indigenous trees during road, power house and pipeline construction, soil erosion and employment for local people. Masvingo Rural District Council approved the project in February 2012.

Sustainable Living Project Concept  Development, 2012

Black Crystal was commissioned by Unilever Zimbabwe to develop sustainable living project concepts for implementation in Zimbabwe. Black Crystal identified three  sustainable living project concepts with the aim of assisting Unilever Zimbabwe operations comply with Unilever’s global sustainable living goals.   

Mines & Minerals Sector, 2011

Black Crystal undertook a conceptual study to assess the opportunities and risks in developing the available surrounding mining resources around Unki Platinum Mine in a safe, cost-effective and sustainable manner. An integral part of the study was the consideration, assessment and inclusion of environmental and social requirements.

Environmental and social high-level risks were identified. Recommendations were provided for reducing/mitigating potential ‘fatal flaws’ and significant environmental and social risks, enhancing opportunities and developing an optimized business case which complies with all environmental and social requirements.

Greenhouse Gas Study, 2011

Black Crystal calculated current greenhouse gas emissions and prediction of future emissions for Unki Platinum Mine. An Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Plan was compiled with impact mitigation measurers and climate change adaption for planned expansion of the mine.