|dc.identifier.citation||CDE Consulting. (2016). First addendum to the environment impact assessment prepared for the proposed development of 7,000 social housing units at Hulhumale’ phase II. Male': Maldives||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this document is to fulfil the requirements to get necessary environmental
clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency to construct a temporary jetty at
Hulhumale’ phase II. This jetty is required for the transportation of construction goods,
equipment and machineries for the development of 7,000 social housing units at Hulhumale’
Phase II. EPA has approved the original EIA for the proposed development of social housing
units on 22 September 2016. This addendum is required for the construction of the jetty. The
proponent of this project is China State Construction Engineering Limited (CSCEC).
The rationale for the proposed construction of the jetty is to facilitate the transportation of the
construction goods and machineries to the project site. The project to develop 7,000 social
housing units requires large-scale machineries, equipment and high quantities of construction
materials, which will need to transported in bulk to the project site. Hence, the proponent has
decided to construct a temporary jetty, which will have the capacity to moor a 5,000DWT vessel.
The contractor for this project is CSCEC Limited and it is financed through bank loans.
For the purpose of this project, HDC has allocated an area of 3,204.20 sqm for temporary
loading and unloading of materials towards the western side of Hulhumale’ Phase II. HDC has
also given permission to the proponent for the construction of the jetty. The project proposes to
construct a jetty that will be divided into two parts. The first part will be allocated for wharf
operation area (40 m wide) and the other part for temporary transfer stacking yard. The project
will involve excavation to a depth of 3 m. During this process, 1,385 m3 of sand will be dredged
that will be used for backfilling at the end of the jetty. The surface of the jetty will be backfilled
with sand and the sides will be protected using sand bags. In addition, 30 cm thick packaged
concrete will be laid as toe protection for the foundation bed. Project duration is estimated to be
The key laws and regulations applicable to this project are: Environmental Protection and
Preservation Act, Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation 2012, sand and coral mining
regulation and Dredging and Reclamation Regulation. In addition, this project requires approval
The existing environment of the project was assessed for the purpose of this addendum.
Assessments conducted include marine water quality and marine assessment. Marine assessment
showed that no significant fish life or coral colonies occur at the site. The area is mostly made up
of a sandy bottom covered in thick patches of algae. Marine water quality assessment showed
that water is turbid.
Significant impacts of this project during construction phase of the project are the potential
impact of greenhouse gas emissions, marine water turbidity during dredging and impact on
groundwater and soil condition due to oil spillages and accidental leakages. There are
cumulative impacts on the site due to recent extensive land reclamation in the area. The reef,
water quality and shoreline has already been extensive modified. The main mitigation measures
include carrying out construction activities during low tide hours and calm weather, carrying out
the work in the shortest time frame possible. Mitigation measures also include, storing oil and
chemicals in sealed containers, and training workers in spill prevention and cleanup, and
designate responsible individuals.
The “No Project” option was explored for this project. However given the importance of this
project for the overall project, the plan is to go ahead with the project.
The monitoring plan is designed to assess impacts to the marine environment and impacts to
groundwater quality. The cost of monitoring is estimated to be between USD 1,000 and USD
2,000 per annum. The management plan for this project has been updated to include the key
management requirements during construction of jetty.
Stakeholders consulted for this project include, Environmental Protection Agency and Housing
Development Corporation. EPA advised to undertake appropriate mitigation measures to prevent
sedimentation. HDC emphasised to not use the temporary area given for the project for storing
materials. They also advised to keep the vessels moving in the area to avoid traffic since the
area has other jetties in operation. Both stakeholders highlighted that the jetty must be
demobilized once the overall project is complete.
The main conclusion of this report is to proceed with the project but after incorporating the
mitigation measures proposed in this addendum. Safety during construction must be a priority.||en_US|
|dc.subject||Housing unit construction||en_US|
|dc.subject||Legislative and regulatory considerations||en_US|
|dc.subject||Environmental management plan||en_US|
|dc.subject||Environmental monitoring plan||en_US|
|dc.subject||Environmental impact assessments||en_US|
|dc.title||First addendum to the environment impact assessment prepared for the proposed development of 7,000 social housing units at Hulhumale’ phase II||en_US|
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