The clearance certificate was issued to the mining license ML 170 situated offshore approximately 120 kilometers southwest of Walvis Bay.
License ML 170 belongs to the Namibian Marine Phosphate, a joint venture between the Australian mining house UCL Resources Limited, Oman-based Mawarid Mining LLC, and Namibian company Havana Investments Ltd.
Environmental commissioner Teofelus Nghitila informed the owners of license ML170 through a letter dated Sept. 5, 2016 that they can start mining.
Nghitila said the environment Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan submitted is sufficient as it made provisions of the environment management concerning the proposed activities.
In a statement, the fisheries ministry said it was shocked by the issuance of the certificate for the proposed mining of marine phosphate.
“The ministry is however not at liberty to comment on the issue as the management is still yet to meet and discuss the way forward,” the statement said.
In addition, the statement said fisheries and environment will meet Thursday to discuss the issuance of the certificate.
“Only after the meeting deliberations will the ministry be in a good position to pronounce itself on the matter,” the statement said. Enditem