Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

Thermal Power Plant, Yangon, Myanmar

SLP Environmental consultants completed a contract to prepare the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for an innovative 300MW thermal power plant being developed in Yangon Region, Myanmar. The ESIA study for the Project is being prepared in accordance with national legal requirements and cognisant of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). Study benchmarks include:

· The Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Notification No. 616 / 2015 (29 December 2015);
· MONREC, The National Environmental Quality (Emission) Guidelines (EQG 2015);
· International Finance Corporation (IFC), Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines, THERMAL POWER PLANTS (December 2008); and
· International Finance Corporation (IFC), Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION (April 2007).

The overall ESIA process will include numerous sub-component studies and multi-disciplinary activities. In summary these include; environmental and socio-economic baseline studies, traffic baseline survey, stakeholder mapping, public disclosure and stakeholder engagement, air dispersion modelling, greenhouse gas quantification, impacts identification and evaluation, analysis of alternatives and preparation of the environmental and social management and monitoring plan for the project.

The primary objectives of the ESIA study are to:

· To develop an environmental and socio-economic profile of the Project Area;
· To examine the activities of the Project in order to identify those aspects must likely to have interactions with environmental and or social receptors;
· To ensure that any potential adverse impacts on the natural environment and or socio-economic receptors arising as a result of the development of the Project are clearly identified; and
· To develop a suitably robust environmental management and monitoring plan (EMMP) for the Project to ensure that any identified significant adverse impacts are, where possible, prevented, managed and/or otherwise mitigated.