Eastern Cape Cluster of Renewable Energy Facilities

HAMLETT WIND FARM AND RIPPON WIND FARM, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

Project Names:  Hamlett Wind Farm and Rippon Wind Farm, Eastern Cape Province

Applicant: Hamlett (Pty) Ltd and Rippon (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Activities: The development of two separate wind energy facilities, which includes two (2) 400kV power lines, to connect the wind farms to the national grid. The connection points into the national grid will be the existing Poseidon-Grassridge No.2 400kV power line and the existing Poseidon – Dedisa No.1 400kV power line. Associated infrastructure for each wind farm includes an on-site switching station, collector substation, a 132kV power line (twin turn dual circuit), access roads (gravel in nature), concrete foundations and hardstands, laydown area, cabling to be laid underground where practical, temporary concrete batching plant, temporary staff accommodation, and operation and maintenance buildings. Details of each wind farm are provided below

Location: Located between Somerset East and Makhanda, ~36km south of Cookhouse, within the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province, and within the Cookhouse Renewable Energy Development Zone (REDZ) and the Eastern Strategic Transmission Corridor. The affected properties include:

 

Hamlett Wind Farm Rippon Wind Farm
Farm Vaalkop No 164 Remaining Extent of Farm No 381
Remainder of Portion 1 (Middlevale) of Farm Van Aardts Kraal No 163 Remaining Extent of Farm Wilton No 409
Portion 1 of Farm Jaskraal No 160 Portion 7 of Farm No 381
Remainder of Farm Riet Fontein A No 159 Remaining Extent of Farm Hartebeest Kuil No 220
Portion 1 of Farm Riet Fontein A No 159 Portion 1 of Farm Hartebeest Kuil No 220
Remainder of Farm Jaskraal No 160 Portion 2 of Farm Haartebeestkuil No 220
Remainder of Farm Nieuwe Grond A No 129 Remaining Extent of Portion 4 (Pruim Plaas) of Farm Draai Hoek No 221
Remainder of Farm Wilton No 409 Portion 2 of Farm No 230
Portion 2 of Farm Middleton No 219
Remainder of Farm Bloemhof No 166
Farm Wilde Honden Kloof No 216
Portion 1 of Farm Bloemhof No 166

Basic Assessment Process:  In terms of Sections 24 and 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with Government Notice R324 – R327, as amended, Environmental Authorisation is required for the projects.  As the project sites are located within the Cookhouse Renewable Energy Development Zone and the Eastern Strategic Transmission Corridor, Basic Assessment (BA) processes are required to be undertaken in accordance with GN R.113 and GN R.114 (February 2018).  Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required environmental assessments and a combined public participation process.

Notification of Basic Assessment Reports for public review and comment: The Basic Assessment (BA) Reports for Hamlett Wind Farm and Rippon Wind Farm are available for review and comment from Friday, 10 September 2021 until Tuesday, 26 October 2021, and the due date for written comments on these reports is Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Please see contact details below for submission of written comments.

Nicolene Venter of Savannah Environmental

P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Mobile: 060 978 8396

Tel: 011 656 3237

Fax: 086 684 0547

Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Website: www.savannahsa.com

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