Eastern Cape Cluster of Renewable Energy Facilities

Development of a Cluster of Renewable Energies Between Somerset East and Makhanda, Eastern Cape

Proposed Activity:  Development of a cluster of renewable energy facilities consisting of nine (9) projects, including six (6) wind farms, two (2) solar energy facilities and one (1) Main Transmission Substation (MTS).

Location:  Between Somerset East and Grahamstown within the Cookhouse Renewable Energy Development Zone (REDZ) and the Eastern Strategic Transmission Corridor.  The entire extent of the projects is located within the Sarah Baartman District Municipality and within the Blue Crane Route and the Makana Local Municipalities.

Project Name Hamlett Wind Farm Ripponn Wind Farm Redding Wind Farm Aeoulus Wind Farm Wind Garden Wind Farm Fronteer Wind Farm REDZ 3 Power Corridor 400MTS Solaris Fields Solar Energy Facility Sun Garden Solar Energy Facility
Applicant Hamlett (Pty) Ltd Ripponn (Pty) Ltd Redding Wind (Pty) Ltd Aeoulus (Pty) Ltd Wind Garden (Pty) Ltd Fronteer (Pty) Ltd Wind Relic (Pty) Ltd Solaris Fields (Pty) Ltd Sun Garden (Pty) Ltd
Capacity Up to 333MW Up to 324MW Up to 576MW Up to 297MW Up to 264MW Up to 213MW 400kV Up to 300MW Up to 300MW
Technology Up to 37 wind turbines Up to 36 wind turbines Up to 64 wind turbines Up to 33 wind turbines Up to 47 wind turbines Up to 38 wind turbines Main Transmission Substation Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
Associated infrastructure On-site switching station, collector substation, 132kV power line, access roads (gravel in nature), concrete foundations and hardstands, laydown areas, cabling to be laid underground where practical, temporary concrete batching plant, staff accommodation, and operation and maintenance buildings. Access roads (gravel in nature) Collector substation, 132kV power line, access roads (gravel in nature), inverters, temporary laydown areas, staff accommodation, Operation and Maintenance Buildings

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 each project.  As the project sites are located within a REDZ and a Strategic Transmission Corridor, Basic Assessment (BA) processes are required to be undertaken in accordance with GN113 and GN114 (February 2018).  Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required environmental assessment and public participation process.  A Background Information Document (BID) is available for review and comment on the Savannah Environmental website at https://savannahsa.com/public-documents/energy-generation/eastern-cape-cluster-of-renewable-energy-facilities/

To obtain further information and register on the project database and submit comments or queries, please refer to the contact information:

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

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