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|Title: ||Environmental impact assessment for the relocation of feul tanks at MWSC compound, Male’ City|
|Authors: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group|
|Keywords: ||Fuel tank relocation|
Environmental monitoring program
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||Feb-2016|
|Citation: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group. (2016). Environmental impact assessment for the relocation of feul tanks at MWSC compound, Male’ City. Male': Maldives|
The non-technical summary outlines the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment of
the proposed relocation of existing fuel tanks of the Male’ Water and Sewerage Company Pvt
Ltd. The proponent of the proposed project is Male’ Water and Sewerage Company Pvt Ltd. The
total estimated cost of this project is MVR 1,000,000.00
The proposed project involves relocation of the existing fuel tanks of the Male’ Water and
Sewerage Company Pvt Ltd which is as per recommendation by the MNDF, following the fire
incident which occurred at the facility in 2015.
Key impacts, mitigation measures and alternatives
Impacts on the environment from various activities of the construction work and during the
operation of the facility have been identified through interviews with the project management
team, field data collection and surveys and are also based on past experience of consultant in
similar development projects. Mitigation measures have also been identified for impacts which
are irreversible in nature.
Impact analysis was done using the Leopold matrix. Impact analysis showed that impact due
to the project was due to possible accidental spillage and leakage during the construction phase
and operational phase. However, this impact was envisaged to be minor to moderate during both
phases and reasons for this are discussed in Section 9.
Mitigation measures are discussed in the report for potential impacts, including mitigation in
the event of accidental spillage/leakage and consequent groundwater contamination. Measures
include careful handling and daily inspection of fuel lines/bund wall for detection of leakage.
Given the scope of the project and the need, the “do-nothing” option or no project scenario is
the only alternative available for the project. If this is chosen the fuel tanks would remain at the
existing location, which has been identified as one which is not feasible or ideal technically or
safety-wise. Furthermore, the existing location does not confirm to regulation regarding fuel
handling and storage. Hence the no-project scenario is considered not feasible and thus the
project will be continued. Furthermore, with due consideration to the project need, which is
urgent and environmental impacts, which have been found to be minor, the Consultant feels that
the project is feasible and that appropriate mitigation measures have been considered to further
minimize impact on the environment.|
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