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