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|Title: ||Third addendum to the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Hulhulé-Malé bridge project|
|Authors: ||CDE Consulting|
|Keywords: ||Hulhulé-Malé bridge project|
Legislative and regulatory considerations
Environmental management plan
Environmental monitoring plan
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||May-2016|
|Citation: ||CDE Consulting. (2016). Third addendum to the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Hulhulé-Malé bridge project. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this document is to assess the potential environmental impacts and mitigation
measures for the proposed changes to the Hulhulé-Malé Bridge project. This document is an
addendum to the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for the Bridge
project in November 2015. The proponent of this project is Ministry of Housing and
The addendum is prepared to address the need to use Gulhifalhu NE reef flat to temporarily store
large steel structures (Steel Pipe Piles, and Steel Casings) of the bridge. The main rationale for
selecting this lagoon is the short distance to the project site, availability of space, access to deep
water and relatively calms sea conditions to safely store the structures. The pipes will be
removed in 7-8 months. The main reason why the piles have to be stored is due to the difficulties
in holding a chartered barge for a 7 month period to store the pipes.
The study area of this project considers the proposed storage site in Gulhifalhu Lagoon and
surrounding areas that are likely to be affected by the proposed changes. The site has been
affected by past reclamation activities and human activities. The site is also earmarked for future
The proposed developments are generally in conformance to the laws and regulations of the
The key impacts from the proposed changes are on the marine water quality, marine biodiversity
within the pipeline footprint, and health and safety risks to workers.
A number of mitigation measures are proposed for the most significant impacts from the project.
These include ensuring only licensed, well-qualified and experienced personnel operate vessels
and machineries; undertaking unloading and loading works in calm sea conditions; ensuring
strict health and safety measures are followed at site; and to place the pipe fully and
perpendicular to the reef flat.
Alternative site was assessed to store the steel structures, at Thilafushi Reef Flat, Hulhumale
Reef flat and Hulhule reef. The Hulhumale’ site is not suitable due to flight path restrictions and
proximity to resorts. Hulhule site does not have enough space and there is too much marine
activity in the area. Thilafushi site is suitable but when compared to Gulhifalhu site the distance
to bridge site is longer and is more exposed to SW monsoon conditions. All sites have similar
environmental impacts. Thus, the proposed Gulhifalhu site was preferred.
Gulhifalhu Investment Limited (GIL) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were they
key stakeholders consulted for this addendum. The key recommendations from GIL were to take
all practical measures to avoid and minimize damage to the reef, and to ensure that the pipes do
not block the entrance channel to Gulhifalhu located on the eastern side of the reef.
The main recommendations by EPA were to plan all works according to approved EIA and
addendums. If any additional components are required to properly follow the EIA procedure. All
works conducted outside the scope of the approved EIA reports must be presented as an audit in
this addendum. EPA also recommended assessment of Hulhulé site as an alternative for storage
of the proposed steel structures.
This report is prepared in accordance to the technical guidelines and EIA regulations, prepared
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the terms of reference issued by the EPA
for this EIA addendum.|
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