PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE KARUSA BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM (BESS) & ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE, NEAR SUTHERLAND, NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE
Applicant: Enel Green Power South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Proposed Activity: The development of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and associated infrastructure. Infrastructure associated with the project will include the following:
- A BESS with a capacity of up to 2 000 MWh inside containers with a footprint of up to 6ha in extent and a maximum height of 3m. Both lithium-ion and Redox-flow technology are being considered for the project, depending on which is most feasible at the time of implementation.
- Access roads to the BESS (10m in width, approximately 70m long) branching off to the existing roads, and internal roads (up to 8m wide) to be located within the total BESS footprint area.
- 33kV MV cabling between the BESS and the MV/HV substation and up to 132kV HV cabling to the HV substation
- Fencing around the BESS for increased security measures.
- Up to 132kV overhead or underground power line to be connected to the existing Hidden Valley Substation.
- Temporary laydown area to be located within the BESS footprint.
- Firebreak to be located within the BESS footprint.
- Substation Max Height – HV bus-bar up to10 m max – HV Building up to 4 m max
Project Location: ~45km south of the town of Sutherland, on Portion 0 of Farm De Hoop 202, within the jurisdiction of the Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality and the Namakwa District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province.
Basic Assessment Process: An application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and the EIA Regulations, 2014, as amended, (GNR 326) is being undertaken for the project. In terms of the triggered activities, a BA process is required in support of the application for EA for the proposed Karusa BESS and associated infrastructure project. Savannah Environmental has been appointed as the independent environmental consultant responsible for undertaking the required BA and public participation process for the project.
Basic Assessment Report available for public review and comment: The 30-day public review and commenting period of the BA Report will be from Monday, 23 May 2022 until, Thursday, 23 June 2022. The final day to submit comments is Thursday, 23 June 2022.
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