NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATIONS AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS
LOPERBERG (DFFE REF: 12/12/20/1778/2), MALABAR (DFFE REF: 12/12/20/1778/3) AND SPREEUKLOOF (DFFE REF: 12/12/20/1778/5) WIND ENERGY FACILITIES, NEAR MOLTENO, EASTERN CAPE
|Loperberg Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd||Loperberg Wind Energy Facility Eastern Cape Province|
|Malabar Wind Farm (Pty) Ltd||Malabar Wind Energy Facility, Eastern Cape Province|
|Rainmaker Energy Projects (Pty) Ltd||Spreeukloof Wind Energy Facility, Eastern Cape Province|
The three facilities are located within the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality which falls under the Jurisdiction of the Chris Hani District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province. The Applicants are requesting the DFFE to amend the respective Environmental Authorisations (EAs) issued on 02 November 2012 (and subsequent amendments).
|Loperberg Wind Farm located on the following properties:
· Bushman’s Hoek No.3, Portion 6 and 7 of the Farm Paardekraal 64, Portion 1 and 3 and the Remaining Extent of the Farm Uitkeyk No. 67, Portion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 of Farm Cypher Gat No. 69
|Malabar Wind Farm located on the following properties:
· Portion 1 and Portion 6 and the Remaining Extent of the Farm Cypher Gat 69, The Farm Highlands No.72, Portion 1 and 4 of Farm Tol Kop 84, and the Farm Post Houers Hoek 96.
|Spreeukloof Wind Farm located on the following property:
· Portion18 of the Farm Spreeukloof 59.
|The following amendments are requested:
i. Amendment of turbine specifications with an increase in hub height and rotor diameter range respectively to reflect as ‘up to 120m’ (hub height) and ‘up to 176m’ (rotor diameter) (applicable to all three applications).
ii. A reduction in the authorised number of turbines to reflect as follows: Loperberg WEF: up to 34, Malabar WEF: up to 34 and Spreeukloof WEF: up to 12.
iii. Update of the project description to reflect the revised 132kV grid connection line routing and substation location respectively (applicable to all 3 applications).
iv. Extension of the Environmental Authorisation (EA) validity period (applicable to all 3 applications).
v. Update of the project description and listed activity description with specific inclusion of the location and capacity specification of the Eskom substation and 400kV grid line, as assessed in the Loperberg EIA (applicable to Loperberg application only).
vi. Inclusion of Portion 6 of the Farm Paarde Kraal 64 in the project description, as assessed in the Loperberg EIA (applicable to Loperberg WEF application only).
vii. Amendment to the holder of the Environmental Authorisation (applicable to Spreeukloof WEF application only)
viii. Amendment to the capacity of the Spreeukloof Wind Farm (applicable to Spreeukloof WEF application only)
Amendment Application Process: In terms of Conditions 6 of the EAs dated 02 November 2012 and Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations 2014, as amended, it is possible for an applicant to apply, in writing, to the competent authority for a change or deviation from the project description to be approved.
Revised Motivation Reports available for public review and comment: Savannah Environmental has compiled a Motivation Report in support of each Part 2 Amendment Application, as applicable to the three wind farm facilities. The three Motivation Reports and their associated documentation are available for public review and comment from Friday, 06 August 2021 until Monday, 06 September 2021. The due date for written comment on all three applications will be Monday, 06 September 2021.
To obtain further information, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project, in writing, to Savannah Environmental:
Nicolene Venter at Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237 / Fax: 086 684 0547
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