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TotalEnergies plans to invest around $3 billion to launch operations in South Africa’s waters in areas of spectacular marine biodiversity, at the expense of wildlife and of small-scale fishers’ livelihoods. The oil & gas French major is knowingly developing its exploitation project in an area of strong currents and extraordinary species richness, which serves as a “blue corridor” as well as feeding or nesting grounds for thousands of whales 2, fur seals, penguins, petrels, albatrosses, gannets and endangered leatherback turtles. South African waters are also home to a large population of snoek (a member of the mackerel family), which forms the heart of the west coast small-scale fishers’ economy, while fishers on the south coast rely on a variety of species for their livelihoods. 

TotalEnergies’ projects in South Africa are also a conceptual fraud as they try to portray a switch from coal to gas as a ‘green energy transition’, despite the fact that gas is also a fossil fuel. In July 2021, the International Energy Agency stressed that “beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development in our pathway”.

Two Goldman Prize winners, Liziwe McDaid (The Green Connection – South Africa) and Claire Nouvian (BLOOM – France) have decided to unite against TotalEnergies’ harmful offshore oil & gas projects in South Africa.

In 2014, the government of South Africa launched ‘Operation Phakisa’ to boost investment in offshore oil & gas exploration, setting itself a target of 30 exploration wells by 2024. According to the South African Oil & Gas Alliance, “offshore exploration off South Africa’s coast was previously limited primarily by the depth of the potential resources and secondly by the ocean currents”

South Africa’s National Climate Change Response White Paper, 6 along with experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), recommend a shift towards renewable energy where fossil fuels, including gas, are excluded. However, in its 2022 report, the IISD stresses that “there are strong indications that South Africa is potentially on the verge of a gas investment flurry that could prove to be a very expensive mistake for the South African people”. READ MORE

A new climate bomb in South Africa: BLOOM and The Green Connection oppose TotalEnergies’ harmful offshore oil & gas projects

In South Africa, the French oil & gas major ‘TotalEnergies’ is about to start yet another destructive project despite specific climate experts’ recommendations to steer clear from new fossil fuel investments. On 5 September 2022, TotalEnergies applied for a production license to exploit two major gas fields, with up to one billion barrels of oil equivalent, off the South African’s southern coast.1 TotalEnergies plans to invest around $3billion to launch operations in South Africa’s waters in areas of spectacular marine biodiversity and at the expense of wildlife and of small-scale fishers’ livelihoods. Today, (17 October 2022) two Goldman Prize winners, Liziwe McDaid (The Green Connection – South Africa) and Claire Nouvian (BLOOM – France) come together to launch the #OceanTotalDestruction campaign and call on TotalEnergies to renounce to its harmful offshore oil & gas projects in South Africa and make a responsible announcement before COP27. READ MORE 

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TotalEnergies And Government Will Oppose Eco-Justice NGOs

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South Africa: Legal Challenge Launched – To Protect Public Interest And The Environment – Against TotalEnergies Drilling Decision

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This Weekend: As COP28 Calls For Climate Justice, In South Africa, Nationwide Actions Erupted Against Oil And Gas Drilling Off SA’s Coast

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While TotalEnergies Continues To Risk People, The Environment And The Climate, Civil Society Remains Resolved To Oppose Offshore Oil And Gas

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Human Wellbeing, Environmental Health And Climate Change – Three Key Reasons To Power Up With Renewables

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I-Hook, Line kanye Ne-Sinker: Imiphakathi Yasogwini Yonke Ikulungele Ukuvikela Izilwandle Zethu

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More Than A Decade Of Impacts From The Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Learning Are Few – South Africa Still Approves Offshore Drilling

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From Western Cape And Nelson Mandela Bay To Paris And Brussels, South African Civil Society Is Increasing The Pressure Against Total’s Destruction Of Our Oceans

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Civil Society Remains Opposed To Total’s Oil And Gas Expansion Plans

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Five Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Urge Financial Players To Stop Supporting TotalEnergies’ Climate-Wrecking Strategy

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Nationwide Picket: Activists Unite Against The Total Destruction Of The Ocean By Offshore Oil & Gas, Call For Acceleration Of Just Transition

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A New Climate Bomb In South Africa: Bloom and The Green Connection Oppose TotalEnergies’ Harmful Offshore Oil And Gas Projects

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2022

2D/3D Seismic Surveys

Block 567

On 1 March 2022, the High Court put a stop on Searcher’s seismic survey, noticing that “no attempt was made to meet with small-scale fishers of the West Coast.” A decision that upholds coastal communities’ constitutional rights for public participation, but leaves room for a potential counter-offensive through the request of new Reconnaissance Permits.

Fishers and ecojustice organizations outside Cape Town High Court

In November, COP27 sees world leaders and other important decision-makers meet to discuss global efforts to address the climate crisis. Recent press reports have revealed that the country is the world’s 13th biggest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases and has pledged to reduce these emissions to net zero by 2050.

With little more than seven (7) years till 2030 – by which time the world should have dramatically curbed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of a global effort to keep global warming below 1.5°C – The Green Connection says that it will continue to oppose government’s worrying offshore oil and gas aspirations. In its comments on the Draft Scoping Report (DSR) sent yesterday, regarding TEEPSA’s application to undertake exploration well drilling in Block 567, off the West Coast of South Africa, the eco-justice organisation points out that instead of starting new fossil fuel projects, which will contribute to carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions well into the future, South Africa should be focused on moving toward a just transition to renewable energy.

On 26 September 2022, small-scale fishers held a picket demonstration at Pepper Bay Saldanha. The group of about 50 fishers and supporting eco-justice and community-based organisations are opposing the (imminent) arrival of the Azinam oil rig, which is set to start offshore oil and gas exploration activities in the next days. Affected communities in Northern Cape are dissatisfied, saying that they were not adequately informed or consulted about the project. The fishers are also taking a symbolic stand against the French multinational oil and gas company Total, which has many projects on the go and in the pipeline, for South Africa’s oceans.

On October 2022, the Green Connection (South Africa) and BLOOM (France) unite against TotalEnergies’ harmful offshore oil & gas projects in South Africa. As the climate breakdown and the mass extinction of animal species threaten humanity’s survival. Both organizations call on TotalEnergies to immediately cease its offshore exploration and exploitation projects off the rich and biodiverse South African coasts and call on global citizens to make their voices heard by signing an online petition to protect our ocean and climate from TotalEnergies’ destruction.

2021

French Company TOTAL E & P South Africa B.V (TEPSA) Plans To Drill For Oil And Gas In South Africa

TotalEnergies plans to launch operations in South Africa’s waters in areas of spectacular marine biodiversity, at the expense of wildlife and of small-scale fishers’ livelihoods. The oil & gas French major is knowingly developing its exploration project in an area of strong currents and extraordinary species richness, which serves as a “blue corridor” as well as feeding or nesting grounds for thousands of whales 2, fur seals, penguins, petrels, albatrosses, gannets and endangered leatherback turtles. South African waters are also home to a large population of snoek (a member of the mackerel family), which forms the heart of the west coast small-scale fishers’ economy, while fishers on the south coast rely on a variety of species for their livelihoods.

“Offshore exploration off South Africa’s coast was previously limited primarily by the depth of the potential resources and secondly by the ocean currents”. South Africa’s National Climate Change Response White Paper, along with experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), recommend a shift towards renewable energy where fossil fuels, including gas, are excluded. However, in its 2022 report, the IISD stresses that “there are strong indications that South Africa is potentially on the verge of a gas investment flurry that could prove to be a very expensive mistake for the South African people.” South African Oil & Gas Alliance

2D/3D Seismic Surveys

Block11B/12B

On 4 April 2021, the company Searcher applied for a ‘Reconnaissance Permit’ to perform a 2D and 3D seismic survey programme over a number of petroleum license blocks extending over 297,087 km² from the South African-Namibian border down to Cape Agulhas. These include blocks leased by TotalEnergies.

Confronted with the perspective of a large-scale seismic survey lasting for six months and the prospect of a future massive ocean grabbing along the West Coast, coastal communities, small-scale fishers, and environmental justice NGO ‘The Green Connection’ went to Court to oppose this fast-paced and uncontrollable oil & gas exploration.

The Green Connection and  small scale subsistence fishers from around the country – have welcomed TOTAL E & P South Africa B.V’s (TEPSA) announcement (13 April 2021) that it will postpone their application for additional drilling and associated activities in Block 11B/12B off South Africa’s south coast. The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process has also been terminated. Since the first granting of the exploration rights, and subsequent drilling of the Brulpadda exploration well, TEPSA had proposed the drilling of up to ten additional exploration wells. The areas in question are situated 130 km and 45km offshore of Mossel Bay and Cape St. Francis, respectively. 

The Green Connection welcomes two recent developments in the energy sector that are seen as a massive boost to pro-climate activists. Yesterday (26 May 2021), it was reported that a Dutch court had ordered Royal Dutch Shell to dramatically slash its CO2 emissions in a landmark climate ruling, which stipulates that the oil company must slash its emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. Observers across the globe agree that the ruling could have far-reaching consequences for oil companies.

“I believe that these developments indicate that the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels. The global community is beginning to realise that just because there is oil and gas in the ground, we do not have to remove it because the consequences can indeed be catastrophic for both the affected communities and the environment."
Liz McDaid