Provisional Distribution Licence

Any person or entity seeking to conduct distribution activities is required to apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity distribution license with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a license.

According to rule 11 of the Electricity (Distribution Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional license.

Environmental Clearance

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. The EIA should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.

Submission of terms of reference for the EIA

Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:

  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stockholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project,
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.

The developer or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits to NEMC for approval.

Registration of the Project with NEMC

The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Carrying out of the EIA

Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) statement, and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:

  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.