Lichtenburg 1, 2 & 3 Photovoltaic(PV) Solar Energy Facilities and Associated Infrastructure

AMENDMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESSES DEVELOPMENT OF THE 100MW LICHTENBURG 1, 2 AND 3 PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SOLAR ENERGY FACILITIES AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRCTURE NEAR LICHTENBURG, WITHIN DITSOBOTLA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, NORTH-WEST PROVINCE

Applicants: ABO Wind Lichtenburg 1 PV (Pty) Ltd, ABO Wind Lichtenburg 2 PV (Pty) Ltd and ABO Wind Lichtenburg 3 PV (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Amendments: ABO Wind Lichtenburg 1 PV (Pty) Ltd,  ABO Wind Lichtenburg 2 PV (Pty) Ltd and ABO Wind Lichtenburg 3 PV (Pty) Ltd received Environmental Authorisations (EA) for the development of Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Facilities near Lichtenburg in the North-West Province. The projects are known as Lichtenburg 1 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1091; issued 01 July 2019), Lichtenburg 2 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1092; issued 02 July 2019) and Lichtenburg 3 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1093; issued 03 July 2019). The Environmental Management Programmes (EMPr) were approved as part of the Environmental Authorisations.

The Lichtenberg 1 PV, 2 PV and 3 PV projects have been selected as Preferred Bidders and have executed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).  The original Eskom Cost Estimate Letter (CEL) was for each project connecting separately.  When considering the three projects together, Eskom has advised that:

  • The existing power line approved for Loop-In-Loop-Out (LILO) for each of the projects does not have sufficient capacity to connect the projects.
  • One power line to the existing Eskom Watershed Substation for all three projects from a central collector substation is preferred.

ABO Wind Lichtenburg 1 PV (Pty) Ltd,  ABO Wind Lichtenburg 2 PV (Pty) Ltd  and ABO Wind Lichtenburg 3 (Pty) Ltd have amended the Environmental Authorisations to allow for the revised grid connection approach (the amendments have been approved) and are now requesting the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to amend the EMPrs approved as part of the Environmental Authorisations issued on 01 July 2019, 02 July 2019 and 03 July 2019 as follows, to be in line with the amended EAs received for the projects on 21 June 2022:

Project Name Proposed EMPr Amendments
Lichtenburg 1 PV »      Amendment of the mitigation measures for the power line corridor to allow connection of Lichtenburg 1 PV to the collector substation complex at Lichtenburg 3 PV.
Lichtenburg 2 PV »      Amendment of the mitigation measures for the power line corridor to allow connection of Lichtenburg 2 PV to the collector substation complex at Lichtenburg 3 PV.
Lichtenburg 3 PV »      Amendment of the mitigation measures for the change in the location of the authorised on-site/step-up substation to a new location within the authorised footprint of Lichtenburg 3 PV, plus;

»      A change in the capacity of the step-up/on-site substation from 88/132kV to 33/132kV; and

»      Amendment of the power line corridor to allow connection of Lichtenburg 3 PV (and the collector substation complex) to the existing Eskom Watershed Substation.

Project Locations: The sites proposed for the development of the Lichtenberg 1 PV, 2 PV and 3 PV projects are located near Lichtenburg within the Ditsobotla Local Municipality in the North-West Province, on the following affected properties:

Project Name Affected Farm Property/ies
Lichtenburg 1 PV »      Portion 6 of the Farm Zamenkomst No. 4

»      Remainder of Portion 4 of the Farm Houthaaldoorns No. 02

»      Remaining Extent of Portion 2 of the Farm Zamenkomst No. 4

Lichtenburg 2 PV »      Portion 23 of the Farm Houthaalboomen No. 31

»      Remaining Extent of Portion 2 of the Farm Zamenkomst No. 4

Lichtenburg 3 PV »      Remaining Extent of Portion 2 of the Farm Zamenkomst No. 4

»      Portion 10 of the Farm Lichtenburg Town and Townlands No. 27

»      Remaining Extent of Portion 1 of the Farm Lichtenburg Town and Townlands No. 27

»      Remaining Extent of  Farm Priem 30

 EMPr Amendment Processes: In terms of Condition 5 of the EAs for Lichtenburg 1 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1091), Lichtenburg 2 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1092) and Lichtenburg 3 PV (DFFE Reference: 14/12/16/3/3/2/1093), and Regulation 37 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, 2014, as amended, changes to the approved EMPr must be submitted to the Competent Authority for approval.

Amended EMPrs and Layouts Available for Public Review and Comment:  Savannah Environmental has amended the Environmental Management Programmes and Layouts for the Lichtenberg 1 PV, 2 PV and 3 PV projects to be in line with the amendments outlined ablove. The Amended EMPrs (including the amended layouts) and associated documentation will be made available for public review and comment from Friday, 08 July 2022 to Monday, 08 August 2022. The due date for written comment is Monday, 08 August 2022.

To obtain further information, to submit a comment, and/or register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project, in writing, to Savannah Environmental using the contact information below:

Nondumiso Bulunga at Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Cell: 060 978 8396
Fax: 086 684 0547
Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

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