SCOPING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, BASIC ASSESSMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESSES FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUTSHO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY FACILITIES AND ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL GRID INFRASTRUCTURE NEAR MUSINA, LIMPOPO PROVINCE
Applicant: Mutsho Power (Pty) Ltd.
Proposed Activity: Establishment of four (4) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Facilities, each with a contracted capacity of up to 100MW, and Electrical Grid Infrastructure comprising a 132kV onsite substation (for the entire 4 x 100MW project), and a 132kV double circuit overhead power line from the onsite substation to the Nzhelele Substation to enable the connection of the four (4) Solar PV Energy Facilities to the national grid for the evacuation of the generated power. It is the developer’s intention to develop the projects in a phased approach (i.e., 100MW at a time). Infrastructure associated with each project includes:
|Solar PV Energy Facilities||Electrical Grid Infrastructure|
|» Solar PV array comprising PV panels and mounting structures.
» Inverters and transformers.
» Cabling between the project components.
» 33/132kV onsite facility (IPP Portion), including associated equipment and infrastructure – the onsite substation will be completely constructed as part of phase 1 but only equipped for the first 100MW. When such a time comes that the next 100 MW is constructed, the existing substation will be equipped for the additional 100MW generation capacity (i.e., additional transformers, extending the busbars, etc.). This approach will be followed as each 100MW is added.
» Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) – In a similar manner to the onsite substation, one BESS will be constructed for the entire 400MW project. The BESS will be added in a phased approach as required. Each project phase may or may not require a BESS, depending on the Power Purchase Agreement requirements.
» Site offices, warehouses, and guardhouses.
» Water storage tanks at admin block for human consumption.
» Laydown areas.
» Internal gravel distribution roads.
|» Onsite substation which consists of:
* 33/132kV onsite substation (Eskom Portion).
* Associated equipment, infrastructure, and buildings.
* Laydown areas.
» Distribution Line:
* A 132kV double circuit overhead power line to connect the 132kV onsite substation to the existing Nzhelele Substation.
Project Location: Located approximately 8km south-west of Mopane and 39km south-west of Musina, within the Musina Local Municipality and the Vhembe District Municipality in the Limpopo Province
|Solar PV Facilities|
|Mutsho Solar PV1 (100MW)||» Farm Vrienden 589 MS – Solar Energy PV Facilities and associated infrastructure.|
|Mutsho Solar PV2 (100MW)|
|Mutsho Solar PV3 (100MW)|
|Mutsho Solar PV4 (100MW)|
|Electrical Grid Infrastructure|
|Mutsho EGI (132kV)
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Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA) and Basic Assessment (BA) Processes: 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, a S&EIA process is required for each Solar PV Facility. Similarly, a BA process is required for the grid connection infrastructure. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required S&EIA, BA, and public participation processes for these projects.
Scoping Reports and BA Report available for Review and Comment: The Scoping Reports for each of the renewable energy facilities are available for download, review, and comment on the Savannah Environmental website (see applicable link in table above). The 30-day review and comment period of the Scoping Reports is from Tuesday, 26 July 2022 until Friday, 26 August 2022. The availability of the BA Report for the grid connection infrastructure for a 30-day review and comment period will be communicated in due course.
To obtain further information and register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project to the contact person below.
Nondumiso Bulunga of Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Mobile: 060 978 8396
Fax: 086 684 0547
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